Distinctive Innovation in Social Service Award Recipient 2010

UCAN reps receive award
UCAN, a Chicago-area multi-faceted social service agency, serves more than 13,000 children, youth and families a year, many of which are minority-based. UCAN's mission is to offer children and families the support and skills necessary to break cycles of abuse and neglect by striving to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. UCAN's priorities are advanced through a network of community-based initiatives focusing on out-of-home care, community collaboration, education and counseling. This network provides a continuum of care to ensure that clients receive the highest quality treatment without having to make often-difficult transitions to other providers.

UCAN is strongly committed to implementing ongoing diversity efforts and firmly believes that these endeavors make the organization stronger, more vibrant and more effective. The agency's recently introduced comprehensive strategy has reshaped the culture of UCAN, which has a diverse staff profile of more than 450 employees and leads more than 30 programs for at-risk children and families. UCAN has worked with students from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business on diversity and change management, and has for years supervised and mentored SSA students in their field placements.

For more about UCAN, visit http://www.ucanchicago.org. 

Eddie Bocanegra

Eddie Bocanegra, AM '15

“I have built upon my life experience to establish a professional career in working with victims and perpetrators of violence … I want to instill hope, providing inspiration, optimism, and especially solutions.”