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Urban Initiatives

  • CPS Student Earns Team Captain of the Year: WGN’s Daytime Chicago Spotlight’s UI Player

    Urban Initiatives’ youth leaders exemplify remarkable growth and skill development, leaving a lasting impact on schools and communities. To recognize their outstanding contributions, we annually present the Troy Cameron Team Captain of the Year award. This year, we our proud honoree was featured on WGN’s daytime Chicago. Laila, an 8th-grade student Kozminski Community Academy discovered…

  • Recess – Where’s the magic?

    Urban Initiatives seeks to make recess impactful for every student in our school communities. Our recess program creates genuine value during recess through improved physical activity, social emotional learning opportunities, and healing-centered community building.

    Recess – Where’s the magic?
  • Celebrating Our First Annual Community Cup

    Urban Initiatives’ (UI) first annual Community Cup was a complete success in celebrating the youth engaged in UI’s programs this year. The Community Cup was a month-long event, celebrating the resilience and strength of our youth throughout this difficult year.

    Celebrating Our First Annual Community Cup
  • Soccer Ball 2021 was a virtual success!

    Urban Initiatives’ most anticipated event of the year—the 2021 Soccer Ball presented by Allstate—was a great success! Despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic, we were still able to celebrate all of the challenges that we have overcome as a team, our incredible partners, awardees and friends and family who were able to join the…

  • This Must End – Urban Initiatives Stands Against anti-Asian Violence

    Urban Initiatives is devastated by the rise in anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander hate crimes including the tragic event that occurred in Atlanta on March 16th that resulted in the murder of eight people, including six women of Asian descent. We extend our deepest sympathies to the victims of this tragedy and their loved ones.…

  • A Note on the Unrest in Our Nation’s Capital

    The disgusting events on Wednesday, in our Nation’s Capital, have had a profound impact on the country. Urban Initiatives condemns violence and racism. UI remains steadfast in our commitment to empower young leaders and strengthen our future.

  • Our 2020-2021 Diversity, Equity Inclusion Goals

    Each summer, Urban Initiatives spends time evaluating our work from the previous school year, developing plans for the new school year, and setting goals for our team and our organization. This year, we turned up the volume on our planning processes even higher to accommodate all the remote learning changes! One of the areas that…

    Our 2020-2021 Diversity, Equity Inclusion Goals
  • Staying Connected in Summer 2020

    Although we initially thought that COVID-19 might be resolved in time for Summer Programs, it quickly became clear that the major shifts in programming would extend through the summer and beyond. Our wide range of summer programs adjusted to meet students’ needs as effectively and creatively as possible!

    Staying Connected in Summer 2020
  • Empower Sessions Week #11 — Role Models

    This Empower Session takes a close look at role models and how they can help us succeed. Role models are great to have because they can help show you a road map to different kinds of success. You can copy some parts of their journey. Here’s what’s cool… you can have as many role models…