Category Archive


  • Quest Foundation Sustains Support!

    The Quest Foundation has selected Urban Initiatives as a grant recipient for the 2017/2018 school year! Since 2014, the Quest Foundation has been a dedicated supporter of our Work to Play Program and we are happy to say that they will continue supporting Work to Play with a $45,000 grant!

    Quest Foundation Sustains Support!
  • Rethink Your Drink at Ravenswood Elementary

    Urban Initiatives is proud to announce that Coach Michelle Ramos, a School Based Program Coordinator, is helping lead the charge on a fundraising initiative at Ravenswood Elementary. Outside of her daily duties at Ravenswood Elementary, Michelle has been working with Friends of Ravenswood, FORS, to bring clean drinking water to students. In addition to the…

    Rethink Your Drink at Ravenswood Elementary
  • 3rd Annual SBYD Practitioner’s Summit

    Urban Initiatives is proud to have hosted another successful Practitioners Summit this fall! Over 70 people from 15 Chicago organizations in the city came together to spend the day connecting with each other about their work with underserved kids around the city.

  • UI Staff: Meet Scott!

    The UI team is growing! Meet Scott, the newest member of Team Urban Initiatives. Scott is the new Development Director and is looking forward to contributing to the growth and impact of Urban Initiatives. Welcome Scott to the team!

  • UI Staff: Meet Gaby!

    REC Coordinators are vital to Urban Initiatives’ mission of empowering Chicago’s youth to become agents of community change through academic success, healthy living, and leadership development. They drive systematic change by connecting stakeholders and strengthening the social fabric of the community. Meet Gaby, one of UI’s newest REC Coordinators!

  • About UI’s New Look

    On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Urban Initiatives launched their rebrand and new logo. As Urban Initiatives developed their new look, they wanted to create a visual representation of unity. Participants, families, schools, supporters, and staff are representative of the diversity that makes Chicago strong. Each stakeholder on their team is critical, and only with all…

  • Optiver is a Back to Back Champion at NTA

    Urban Initiatives is thrilled to announce that for the second year in a row, Optiver will be supporting our Work to Play program at National Teachers Academy (NTA). This year, Optiver increased their support of NTA by sponsoring UI’s Take the Lead program at the school as well.  Although this generous support is incredibly admirable…

  • Join Team Urban Initiatives at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

    Team Urban Initiatives welcomes you to join their 2018 marathon team, and make the most of your 26.2 mile experience. Team members will raise funds in support of UI programming, and serve as positive role models for the children we work with by promoting the rewards of physical fitness, personal commitment, and hard work.

    Join Team Urban Initiatives at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • The Numbers are In! Evaluating Our Impact in the 2016-2017 School Year

    Throughout the last school year, Urban Initiatives has grown by expanding our programs and solidifying our continuum of programming that supports our students from elementary school, to middle school and high school, and beyond. Our evaluation team has analyzed the data and results from Work to Play and Take the Lead are in! We are…