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UI in Action

  • UI Student Board Spotlight: Priya from Jones College Prep

    On Monday, October 30th, Joe Trost, Managing Director of the PepsiCo Showdown Soccer Tournament, surprised UI Student Board member Priya Charles with a classroom visit recognizing her as a recipient for this year’s National Speak Up for Service Day.

  • 7th Annual Multicultural Cup

    UI Associate Board Member Holton Faust recaps all the fun from the 7th Annual Multicultural Cup at Haas Park! UI would like to thank all of the #UIAB volunteers for coming out and having fun with the kids. Big thank you also goes out to Joe Henry and the entire Haas Park team for hosting…

    7th Annual Multicultural Cup
  • UI Student Board Takes on Recess

    High school volunteers from UI’s Student Board helped out at this year’s Fall Big Kid Recess with WTP teams Lawndale and Lloyd. Brady Reichert, UI Student Board Executive Committee member and Junior at Loyola Academy, shares some highlights from the day, and that you’re never too old to learn and play!

  • 17th Crosstown Classic with the Wilmette Wings

    On Friday, October 13th, Urban Initiatives partnered with the Wilmette Wings for the 17th Crosstown Classic. Team Goudy (Uptown), Howe (Austin), Nobel (Humboldt Park), North River (Ravenswood Manor) and Jahn (Roscoe Village) traveled to Wilmette for a day full of soccer, family fun and pizza. Mixed in with the participants from Urban Initiatives were 60+…

    17th Crosstown Classic with the Wilmette Wings
  • 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…

  • By the Numbers: Impact of the Play with Potential Program

    Urban Initiative’s recess program Play with Potential aims to change this by providing structured recess replete with opportunities for social-emotional learning and play. Our evaluation team has recently finished analyzing the data to learn the impact of the Play with Potential program throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

  • Sky Ranch Foundation Renews Commitment to Team Captains

    Urban Initiatives is thrilled to announce the renewal of our partnership with The Sky Ranch Foundation! In 2015, Sky Ranch Foundation was the very first supporter of Take the Lead — our 5th–8th grade leadership development program — funding the first formal implementation of the program. We are so grateful to have their continued support…

  • UI Hosts Three-day Summer Citizenship Conference

    As the new school year approaches, Urban Initiatives looks back on a summer of firsts. For the first time, we had high school students (many of whom were Work to Play students years ago) working through After School Matters in paid positions at our school-based summer camps. To cap off the summer, Urban Initiatives hosted…

  • UI & William Blair Congratulate Team Captains

    With the help of William Blair, Urban Initiatives hosted 80 Team Captains at the brand new 150 North Riverside Plaza for a night of awards, recognition, and fun. Urban Initiatives was honored to be the first group to make use of the new space beautifully located on the Chicago River.

  • Take the Lead Hits the Road

    On Thursday June 15th, Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy (GSA) and Little Village Academy (LVA) had their final Team Captain Huddle of the year.