Our mission is

to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and social-emotional learning.

We build on the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities.

Our Participants:

  • Hispanic/Latino: 53%
  • Black/African American: 38%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • White & Other: 6%

83%

83% of UI participants come from families who qualify as low income

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Urban Initiatives works in 57 Chicago Public Schools throughout the city.

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Staff

Executive & Management Team

  • Jim Dower, Co-Founder & Executive Director, President

    Jim graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Political Science. He started his professional career as a substitute teacher at Cabrini-Green’s Byrd Academy, where the inspiration for Urban Initiatives began. Jim serves on the Governor’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness and is a member of Leadership Greater Chicago’s 2014 class. He is in his eleventh year as a professional soccer coach for the Wilmette Wings Soccer Club. Jim oversees the day-to-day external operations of Urban Initiatives.

  • Julie Chelovich, Managing Director, Vice President

    Julie graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Political Science and has a Kellogg Executive Scholar Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She played many sports growing up and has always had an interest in youth development and health education. Previously Julie worked at Black River Farm and Ranch where she served as the Program Director. After volunteering at Urban Initiatives as an Assistant Coach, she knew she had found a great organization for which to put her professional skills to work. Julie oversees day-to-day internal operations of Urban Initiatives.

  • April Lillstrom, Program Partnerships Director

    April received a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois and a M.Ed. from UIC, where she specialized in elementary education. April worked with AmeriCorps at educational non-profit groups including First Place School in Seattle and Jumpstart for Young Children in Chicago. Now, she catalyzes program partnerships to help Urban Initiatives leverage the best allies in the field to benefit the kids in our programs.

  • Becca Martinson,  Director of Special Events

    Rebecca graduated from DePaul University as a Community Service Scholar with a BA in Art History. She is passionate about the role of sports in youth development specifically as a method to address gender equality. You can find Rebecca putting her youth development skills into practice on the weekends when she coaches soccer and roller derby. In her spare time, Rebecca skates for the internationally ranked Windy City Rollers derby team or can be found rescuing puppies and traveling the world. Rebecca is the Director of Special Events at Urban Initiatives.

  • Brendan McAlpine, Chief Program Officer

    Brendan earned a M.A. in Education and Community Development at Wheaton College before joining the Urban Initiatives team as a Program Associate in 2012. Brendan oversees the Continuum of Programming and Evaluation departments, ensuring that the Work to Play, Take the Lead, and Coach for Success programs operate at high levels of quality and impact. In addition to the amazing students, families, and teammates that make this organization great, Brendan loves his job because it allows his inner nerd to make peace with his love of sports.

  • Sara Shanley, Program Director – Continuum

    Sara is from Arlington, Virginia and earned a M.A. in International Studies with a focus in African Studies and sports-based youth development. Following her graduate studies, Sara joined the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club where she directed the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s sports-based childhood obesity prevention program. Prior to joining Urban Initiatives, Sara spent a year in Rwanda as the Program Manager for Kids Play International where she managed their sports-based gender equality education program. Sara spearheads program development for WTP, TTL and CFS.

  • Joy Nelson, Culture and Climate Program Director

    A Chicago native, Joy graduated from UIC with a Master’s in Education, focusing on Youth Development. After working as a Program Manager at Urban Initiatives for 2 years, she was promoted into the role of Play with Potential Program Director, overseeing recess at 24 local schools. In 2017, she took an opportunity to work with the National YMCA and spent a year and half traveling the Midwest and West Coast, supporting out of school time programming in underserved communities. She returned to Urban Initiatives in 2019 as the Culture and Climate Director and oversees the day to day operations of our Play with Potential and Community School’s Initiative programs. She will begin her doctorate in Educational Leadership at DePaul in the fall. Joy is fun-loving supermom with a knack for connecting to people, children, and all things under the sun.

  • Scott Wozencraft, Director of Individual Engagement

    Scott graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in Environmental Science.  He has spent the last five years working in development for the Advocate Charitable Foundation, most recently as a Development Manager at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.  Prior to joining the Urban Initiatives staff, he was a member of the UI Associate Board for four years.  Born and raised in Arlington Heights, he is a life long soccer player and coach.  Soccer, track and basketball have slowly given way to breakdancing and yoga though and he is currently completing his 200 hour yoga teacher training.  Scott oversees individual donor relations.

  • Cynthia Dominguez, Administration Director

    Cynthia grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago, but now resides in Pilsen. She graduated from Grinnell College, where she received a degree in Psychology and Spanish, and she played on and captained the women’s soccer team (GC PRIDE!). Prior to UI, Cynthia worked as an English Language Assistant in Galicia, Spain for two years, and later she worked as the Coordinator at a nonprofit in the western suburbs for another year. Cynthia has been with UI for two years and oversees office operations including finance and human resources.

  • Anndriene Bell, Finance Manager

    Born and raised on the south side, Anndriene is no stranger to the struggles within Chicago’s Urban communities. She owes her many successes to her ability to access extracurricular activities at a young age. Those opportunities helped to mold her into an advocate for early exposure to youth development and family resource programs within Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Communications from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum. Anndriene is the Finance Manager at Urban Initiatives.

  • Jasmine Traylor, Administration Coordinator

    Jasmine grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and now lives in Uptown. She attended and graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington where she earned a B.A in Political Science and Theatre as well as a minor in International Studies. Jasmine is passionate in her belief that all children deserve an opportunity to learn how to lead their communities and have fun doing so. Sports is a surefire way of doing that! Before taking on the Administration Coordinator role, Jasmine worked as an Operations Manager for a start-up. Jasmine is excited to make her contribution to Urban Initiatives and support the team in any way possible.

  • Emily Fallon, Director of Communications

    Emily graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Political Science. Emily grew up in St. Louis, Missouri but considers her birthplace in Southern California to be her true home. Emily oversees our marketing and communications strategies.

  • Linda Galib, Research & Evaluation Director

    Originally from Rhode Island, Linda holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from Ithaca College, and an M.P.P and M.P.H. with a focus in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan. Prior to UI, she conducted federal health program and policy evaluation, volunteered for a child and family services agency in Chicago, and interned in Quito, Ecuador, where she worked to empower youth using PhotoVoice. Her love of sport AND data stem from her childhood, as she played soccer through high school and softball into college, and grew up eagerly programming her grandfather’s computer in Basic (for example, to make the screen color change)! Linda manages program evaluation for Urban Initiatives.

     

  • Natalie Camarena Lopez, Evaluation & Database Manager

    Natalie was born and raised in California. She has a BA in International studies from UC San Diego and an MPH/MCP from UC Berkeley. Natalie is passionate about community development and health equity and has previously worked in health research. In her spare time, Natalie loves to knit and explore new cities. As the evaluation and database manager, Natalie dedicates her time to supporting the implementation of Urban Initiatives’ evaluation strategies for programming and maintaining the participant database in Salesforce.

  • Taryne Moore, Development Coordinator – Corporate Partnerships

    Born and raised in California, Taryne graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Sociology. Following graduation, she completed two years of national service as an AmeriCorps member and Team Leader with City Year Boston. She then worked as an Impact Manager leading teams of City Year AmeriCorps members serving in Boston Public Schools. Upon relocating to Chicago she worked with Mikva Challenge as a Special Projects Consultant. Taryne is so excited to join Urban Initiatives to help connect corporate partners with this important work as the Development Coordinator – Corporate Partnerships.

  • Kelli Manning, Program Manager – WTP & TTL

    Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, also known as the city that brought the United States Danish Kringle, Kelli graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. When Kelli wasn’t playing volleyball, she participated in many social justice and community development events; events that shared her passion for walking with underrepresented people. After committing a year of service as an Americorps member for College Possible, a nonprofit that helps low-income, first generation college bound students get to and through college, she transitioned to Urban Initiatives, an organization that shares her love of sports and social justice. As a Program Manager, Kelli is excited to be a part of a program that breaks down barriers, develops healthy lifestyles, and builds cross cultural interactions. Kelli also likes to cook, dance and watch thriller movies.

  • Lauren Gaynor, Development Manager- Foundations

    Lauren graduated from Michigan State University with a double major in English and Professional Writing with a concentration in Communities and Cultures. Prior to Urban Initiatives, Lauren was a Development Associate for the DuSable Museum of African American History. At UI, Lauren oversees the management of grants and outside of work, Lauren spends most of her time training for the Chicago Marathon and other upcoming races.

  • MaryGrace Pankratz, Development Coordinator

    MaryGrace was born and raised in Madison, WI. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Political Science and International Studies with a focus in international relations and global security. After graduating, MaryGrace worked for non-profits in the Madison area with strong dedication to education and community building. As Development Coordinator, MaryGrace works to support fundraising and engagement efforts at Urban Initiatives.

  • Jared Thomas, Development Manager, Community Engagement

    Jared Thomas is from South Bend, Indiana and received a B.A. in Art History and Fine Arts from Indiana University. Jared grew up playing baseball but has fallen in love with soccer since joining UI in 2014. He is a lifelong Chicago sports fan (Cubs and Bears) and follows Notre Dame football and Manchester City religiously. Before joining the development team he was a part of the Play with Potential program for four years, most recently as a Senior Program Manager. Jared currently manages corporate volunteer opportunities and the Associate Board.

  • Rebecca Daaleman, Program Manager – PWP

    Rebecca grew up in New Jersey and graduated from University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to her time at Urban Initiatives, she served as an AmeriCorps Member and a Team Leader at City Year Chicago.

  • Michelle Ramos, Program Manager – PWP

    Michelle is originally from the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago and studied Therapeutic Recreation at Southern Illinois University. She has worked with several youth programs over the past 10 years. She’s played rugby for the past five years and currently plays with the Will County Morrigans. Michelle started working with Urban Initiatives as a Facilitator and Assistant Coach.

  • Eugene Tsipris, Program Manager – WTP & TTL

    Eugene grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. He attended DePaul University in Chicago where he majored in Sports and Fitness Management and claims to have soccer running through his blood.

  • Dajuan King, Program Director- Continuum

    Dajuan was born and raised on Chicago’s West Side. He is an Alum of Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy, and received his B.A in Social Work from Wartburg College in Iowa. For the past 6 years, Dajuan has dedicated his time to working with Chicago’s under served and under privileged youth. He is excited about having the opportunity to give back to his community and positively influence youth who may be experiencing the same dilemmas he experienced while growing up.

  • Christina Valencia, Program Manager – WTP & TTL

    Christina graduated from NIU with a major in History and minor and Anthropology. She was born and raised in the Southwest of Chicago participating in many after school programs for youth throughout her childhood. On the last 6 years she has been working in advocating for youth programs and community engagement.

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School-Based Program Coordinators

  • Chris Espino, SBPC at Jahn

    Chris is passionate about sports and youth development and sees Urban Initiatives as an opportunity to give back to the community he grew up in. He enjoys grilling, watching sporting events, and rooting for all Chicago teams.

  • Will Green, Community Resource Coordinator at King

    Will had spent years working in schools in different capacities before he found Urban Initiatives. He believes that providing sincerity and openness, along with consist positive reinforcement to encourage the kids and communities are the keys to effective youth development work. A veteran of positive discipline and restorative practices as well as enrichment program, Will is the first Community Resource Coordinator at Urban Initiatives, bringing resources of the neighborhood to before- and after-school programs in partnership with the Community Schools Initiative at King Elementary.

  • Ruth Guerra, SBPC at Nixon

    Ruth was born and raised in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and attended CPS growing up. She is experienced with alternative educational engagement through arts programming and has her BA in Applied Behavioral Sciences. Ruth grew up playing every kind of sport imaginable at recess and is excited to build relationships with her school community.

  • KyJuan Hardin, SBPC at Otis

    Born and raised on the south side of Chicago and a product of cps school , sports has always been a big part of his life . Finding football as his first love then basketball as his true love, he graduated in 2013 from Kenwood academy . Since high school he has been involved in basketball camps and park district programs through out the city. Growing up in the city he’s seen and experienced first hand how youth sports can save and change lives.

  • JP Hernandez, SBPC at Nobel & Little Village Academy

    JP was born in San Luis De La Paz Guanajuato Mexico, but he was raised on the South Side of Chicago. JP has worked for Marquette Elementary, Irene Hernandez middle school, Little Village Academy, and is currently the SBPC at Nobel and Little Village. He is currently a student at Richard Daley College and also works with Metropolitan Family Services and the Metro Raptors for the Midway Youth Center.

  • Daniel Lagunas, SBPC at Prieto

    Daniel was born in Chicago, Illinois then he moved to Arlington, Texas when he was 8. He graduated from Timberview Mansfield High School in 2011 and moved back to Chicago in 2014. Daniel worked a variety of jobs post-high school, including stints as a pool cleaner, and work in the warehouse, restaurant, factory, cleaning, medical and office industries. Daniel loves the work he does at UI where he gets to interact every day with kids and games, but he also has aspirations of becoming a professional computer geek someday. One day that aspiration will be realized! Until then he will continue to grow as a person and coach at the best sports-based youth development organization in the city and, not arguably, the world.

  • Brandy McMahan, SBPC at Lawndale

    Coach Brandy is a School-Based Program Coordinator at Lawndale where previously she was an Onsite Program Director.

  • Omari Moore, SBPC at King

    Originally from Canton, Ohio, Omari Moore received his B.A. in Psychology and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of Chicago in 2014. Since moving to Chicago from Ohio for college, he has been involved in activities and organizations based around youth development, education, race and/or social justice. After graduating, he began serving with New Sector where he worked with the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on the intersections between race, poverty, housing, and innovation. He is currently a resident of the Englewood community.

  • Ella Ralston, SBPC at Bateman

    Ella is entering her 4th year with Urban Initiatives and is also working for the 4th year at Bateman Elementary on the North side of Chicago! Ella started working with children as a pre-teen herself, and has always enjoyed the challenge that comes with influencing the lives of our youth. She has the pleasure of engaging in 3 out of the 4 Urban Initiative programs; Play With Potential, Work To Play, and Take the Lead! Coach Ella (as the kiddos call her) looks forward to working with Urban Initiatives for many more years, and being a part of the revolutionary change that is spreading through our Chicago youth.

  • Victor Ramirez, SBPC at Davis and Gunsaulus

    Victor was born in Chicago and grew up in Cicero. He would have loved to have had recess growing up and someone to be a role model during recess. Having always been drawn to art, he studied illustration at the American Academy of Art and received a Bachelors of Fine Art. He paints, draws, and sculpts and plans to be creating art lifelong.  He was never the star athlete, but he has always played sports and understands the power of play. His goal is to show kids that the new skills they acquire playing different games and sports will transcend the playground and help them in their path to adulthood. Victor has been married for close to five years, and his wife has been his unconditional support. He believes that having a family or at the very least a caring adult to support us in our lives can and will make all the difference in the lives of the kids we serve. 

Program Coordinators & Associates

    • Isaiah James, Program Associate

      Isaiah James serves as Program Associate for Urban Initiatives in Chicago. For the past four years Isaiah has been apart of several organizations such as St. Joseph Services, Chicago Youth Centers, Ada S. McKinley and ABJ Community Services. During his time as an educator, Isaiah has taught a variety of subjects to a wide array of learners, ranging from preschoolers to adults. Isaiah considers himself an organized, hard-working, and self-motivated teacher who puts a great effort into preparing lessons that his students can make connection to. Isaiah has a variety of strategies to keep his students focused and interested. Isaiah is grateful to have a job that allows him to teach and inspire others. After four years at several organizations, he has continued through out the city of Chicago to assist at risk youth. Isaiah is very excited to be teaching at Urban Initiatives and hopes to positively influence all of the students and staff.

  • Moises Saucedo, Program Associate

    Moises is a family-oriented individual with a passion for helping youth and communities grow. He attended Benito Juarez high school while growing up around the southwest parts of Chicago. Moises is currently working on attending Richard D. Community College and is excited to be working for Urban Initiatives as a Program Associate!

  • Robin Taylor, Program Associate

    Robin was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. She is studying at Governors State University in pursuing a degree in Psychology as her major. Joined Urban Initiative as an intern in July 2018 through the help of Urban Alliance. As though she loves going to baseball games to see her favorite team the White Sox win; she very much enjoy seeing the groundskeeper spit and shine the dirt to see the White Sox dominate their opponent. More importantly, she is extremely excited on what the future will hold as being Program Associate.

  • Arianna Bell, Program Coordinator

    Arianna earned a B.S in Community Leadership & Civic Engagement from the Northern Illinois University. She attended Howe Elementary one of the many CPS schools we serve throughout the Chicagoland area. She owes many of her successes to her ability to access extracurricular activities at a young age.

  • Chanelle McFarland, Program Coordinator

    Chanelle has a B.A. in Sports Administration from Southern Illinois University. Next to her love for coaching basketball, she has always had a passion for working with children and being a positive role model. Going into her 4th school year with UI, she loves being apart of the school community and all the opportunities they provide for students.

  • Dani Berny, Program Coordinator

    Dani graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in May of 2016 with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, and she has worked in places such as nursing homes, mental health hospitals, summer camps and schools.  She currently serves in the Illinois National Guard as an Aviation Operations Specialist working with Blackhawk helicoptors.  Her passion for working with students is second only to her desire to pet every dog she sees on the street!  She is excited to see what her first year working with UI will bring!

Play with Potential Staff

  • Sanni Bush-Haruna- REC Coordinator at Ward

  • Adèle Watel- REC Coordinator at Budlong

    Adèle has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Fort Lewis College. She speaks four languages and is currently getting her Master’s degree in World Languages Education at DePaul University. When she is not encouraging kids to be their best selves, you can find her cozy with a book, cooking up a storm, or traveling the world.

  • Steven Beaudion- REC Coordinator at Christopher House

  • Ciera Mitchel- REC Coordinator at Ravenswood

  • Gaby Mendez, REC Coordinator at Orozco

  • Mauro Garcia, REC Coordinator at Lloyd

  • Jose Montenegro, REC Coordinator  at Daley

  • Ebony Stallworth,REC Coordinator Shields

    Ebony has a bachelors in Exercise Science from North Central College in Naperville, IL where she accomplished being a 4x All-American in shot put and a 6x national qualifier in throws. She recently finished her first masters’ program in Educational Leadership and is working on completing her second masters’ in Sports Administration. Both her masters degrees are from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL. She’s a Recess Coordinator which requires an abundant amount of energy and she prides herself on brings lots of enthusiasm to the program. She strives for continual growth in her everyday life as well as networking with individuals that can build her knowledge on the road to success.

  • Nikesha Drummond, REC Coordinator at Neil

    Nikesha Drummond grew up in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood and later Park Forest, Illinois. She served in the United States Army for eight years as a chemical operation specialist. Two of those years were spent in an active duty status where she was stationed in Kabul / Kandahar Afghanistan. Nikesha received her undergraduate degree in physical education at Chicago State University. She began at Urban Initiatives in November of 2015 as a volunteer parent in the soccer program. She soon gained employment with UI as a REC Facilitator. She serves as a Rec Coordinator currently. Nikesha is currently also working towards finishing her teaching certification process in order to become a CPS certified PE instructor.

  • Javon Wright, REC Coordinator at Daley

    Javon is the Rec Coordinator at Daley Elementary.

  • Lakita Chandler, REC Coordinator at Brighton Park

    Hi, my name is Lakita Chandler. I am a mom of 3 intelligent, beautiful young ladies. My passion and joy for working with youth goes back to my childhood when I was always the teacher or mom. I’ve been a volunteer and cheer coach with CPS for 6 years. I am so excited to be apart of the UI team and continue to fulfill my passion of empowering our youth.

     

  • Clifford Briggs, REC Coordinator at Spencer

    Clifford Briggs has a B.A. in Psychology from the prestigious Hampton University and a M.Ed. in Counseling from Cambridge College. After teaching in the classroom for 8 years in several school districts across the nation including CPS, he is still finding ways to create change and fight for social justice here in the City of Chicago. Working to develop the mindset and life skills of our youth has always been a passion of his and is what led him to Urban Initiatives. Going into his 1st school year with UI, he is proud to be apart of the team and will continue to serve as a strong role model in the community

Available Jobs

Continuum Program Coordinator

Urban Initiatives Overview
Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.

Continuum Overview
Our Continuum of Programming prepares and supports youth as they navigate elementary, middle, high school, and beyond. Through three successive program models, our participants progress from Player to Captain to Coach. Teamwork, peer mentorship, and the imperative to “pay it forward” to other students and community members are key to our approach. As participants reach middle and high school, they pass on the lessons they have learned to the next generation.

  • Responsibilities

    o The Program Coordinator dedicates their time to implementing and supporting Urban Initiatives’ Work to Play (WTP) and Take the Lead (TTL) programs in a cluster of schools (4-5 schools). They are responsible for maintaining consistent, high program quality and ensuring the WTP and TTL outputs are delivered as planned. Program Coordinators will also have responsibilities in the Coach for Success program through relationship building and occasional implementation support. They work in collaboration with the Continuum team, which consists of two Continuum Program Directors, five Program Managers, and six Program Coordinators to coordinate key areas of program operation. The Program Coordinator will report to a Program Manager. This position is a good fit for someone with a strong interest in the nonprofit sector, specifically within the field of youth development, and gaining experience in program coordination in a collaborative environment. The Continuum Department at Urban Initiatives seeks a team member who is eager to contribute in a fast-paced environment and takes initiative to build positive relationships with youth, ensure smooth program operation, and high program quality.
    o Work to Play: provide weekly visits to partner schools in cluster to support the school-based staff and serve as an Assistant Coach at sessions; ensure that each partner school and coach has the equipment and training they need to be effective in meeting program goals and that they are following the program curriculum; ensure that all evaluation and data collection needs are met and enter data by set deadlines; implement the family engagement strategy including contacting individual families to invite them to events and update them on their children’s progress in the program; facilitate game days on an ongoing basis throughout the season
    oTake the Lead: foster Team Captain engagement and development through co-leading monthly, small group Huddles, supporting bi-monthly Retreats, and facilitating student academic and behavioral action plans; collect student-level data for participants in order to implement individualized action plans; ensure that all evaluation and data collection needs are met and enter data by set deadlines; implement the family engagement strategy including contacting individual families to invite them to events and update them on their children’s progress in the program

  • Qualifications

    • Fluency in Spanish and English required
    • Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission
    • Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace
    • Experience building strong relationships with youth, preferably in a sport or play-based environment, and collaborating with other adults to support groups of youth
    • Committed to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for youth
    • Ability to manage time effectively in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment, with a demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines on an ongoing basis
    • Ability to work on several tasks at once and prioritize projects using sound judgment
    • Superb attention to detail and follow through with an emphasis on both accuracy and efficiency
    • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
    • Excellent organization skills and demonstrated ability to coordinate numerous schedules and partners, particularly transportation partners/vendors
    • Proficient computer and data-entry skills (experience with Salesforce a plus)
    • Demonstrated strategic problem-solving skills
    • Ability to work both independently and as a team player
    • Ability to travel to partner schools across the city

  • Compensation Package

    o Base salary of $32,000
    o Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)
    o Life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance paid 100% by Urban Initiatives
    o Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment
    o 120 hours (15 days) paid time off per year, with increases available for the number of years with Urban Initiatives (PTO may be prorated based on start date)
    o Paid holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)
    o Comp time for salaried employees

Submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@urbaninitiatives.org by August 23, 2019

Program Associate

Application Deadline: July 29, 2019

Urban Initiatives is hiring an AmeriCorps Program Associate to implement the Play with Potential and Work to Play Programs at 5-6 CPS sites. The Program Associate dedicates their time to the oversight of these programs. Job responsibilities include youth engagement, administrative program support, and project management. This is done through collaboration with Urban Initiatives’ management team, key school staff, and other major stakeholders. For more information about Play with Potential and Work to Play, please see our website: urbaninitiatives.org

  • Urban Initiatives & Culture & Climate Overview

    Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.
    Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and social-emotional learning. We amplify the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves 17,000 students throughout the City of Chicago.
    The Culture and Climate department oversees two programs: Play with Potential (PWP) and Community School’s Initiative (CSI). PWP is a structured recess program that maximizes the fun, physical activity, and learning opportunities of recess time. CSI is a federally funded program that utilizes a year-round approach to impacts youth, families, and the broader community with comprehensive supports in the out of school time (afterschool) space.

  • Responsibilities


    Oversee Play with Potential and Work to Play Program implementation across 5-6 school sites
    Be the liaison between the schools and the UI office, build relationships within school communities, and reach out to potential program partners
    Know all contents of the Play with Potential and Work to Play Framework including games, lessons, health and character information, and program implementation data collection requirements
    Program Evaluation Play with Potential: Implement the UIC/UI supervisory manual (ie: weekly reflections and attend bi-weekly meetings with Program Manager); Complete monthly observations using eval observation tool and in coordination with Program Managers
    Program Evaluation Work to Play: Distribute and collect enrollment packets for each student, and make parent calls home to support collection as needed; Prepare, distribute, and collect surveys and administer PACER test
    Encourage participants to gain and develop life skills, knowledge, and techniques through sport, using lessons learned at Up2Us Sports’ best in class training events
    Perform data collection activities, as directed by your Up2Us Sports Program Manager
    Act as a role model, gaining the respect and trust of the community and youth served
    Attend monthly Professional Learning Community meetings (PLCs) with other school based staff members.

  • Requirements & Qualifications

    ● Passion for working with families/children in underserved neighborhoods through sports
    ● Passion for working with diverse communities and team members
    ● Youth development/sports coaching experience (preferred)
    ● Highly organized and efficient; able to consistently execute administrative tasks
    ● Able to work independently and prioritize a wide variety of tasks and deadlines
    ● Collaborative work style
    ● Accountability
    ● Excellent written and oral communication skills
    ● Able to work flexible schedule that occasionally includes evenings/weekends
    ● Consistent access to transportation (required) or consistent access to a car (preferred)
    ● Negative TB Test (required)
    ● Fluency in Spanish highly desired

  • Compensation Package

    The Program Associate will be paid an AmeriCorps living stipend of $15,105 over 12 months through Up2Us Sports, the AmeriCorps placement organization. The stipend is supplemented by a weekly gas stipend during the school year (40 weeks total). Upon completion of the service term and the 1700 hours, the Program Associate will receive an education award through AmeriCorps for $6,095 to be used for student loans or future education payments.
    Start date: August 19th, 2019 End date: July 31, 2020 Onboarding Paperwork completed by: August 1, 2020.

How to Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to jobs@urbaninitiatives.org​and include “Program Associate” in the subject line. Your application should include your email address, a copy of your resume, as well as a cover letter describing any related experience and an explanation as to why you think you would make a great Program Associate. Application deadline: July 29, 2019.

Special Projects Manager

Application Deadline: August 8, 2019

The objective of this role is to enable organizational leadership to focus time and energy on the highest value priorities for Urban Initiatives. The Special Projects Manager is primarily responsible for supporting the CEO of the organization in an Executive Assistant capacity, serving as a liaison to external stakeholders and members of the internal staff team and developing/implementing tactical plans that support organizational strategic plans. This individual will also manage a number of projects to support the other Officers of the organization – Chief Operating Officer and Chief Program Officer – particularly in partnership project management, research, fundraising, strategic planning, scheduling, and communications. This individual reports directly to these three officers of the organization. This position requires a person who is comfortable working efficiently and effectively in an independent, flexible, and face-paced work environment. We seek a positive, organized, detail-oriented, critical thinking individual with superb written and verbal communication and administrative skills to fill this position. We seek a candidate who is interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector while gaining vast experiences to support professional growth in this field.
 

  • Urban Initiatives Overview

    Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.

    Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and social-emotional learning. We amplify the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves 17,000 students throughout the City of Chicago.

  • Responsibilities


    ● Complete an array of administrative tasks to support the CEO including, but not limited to: calendar management, composing, preparing, and tracking correspondence, and organizing and compiling documents for meetings.
    ● Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on matters related to the CEO’s initiatives.
    ● Assist in the creation of and manage administrative procedures and communications systems to support the CEO.
    ● Research and develop plans or reports to support the CEO in effective external relationship management.
    ● Update the CEO on upcoming commitments and responsibilities.
    ● Follows up on contacts made by the CEO to support the cultivation of ongoing relationships.
    ● Other tasks as needed to facilitate the CEO’s ability to effectively lead the organization.
    ● Provide support to the COO and CPO as needed.
    ● Participate in meetings and calls as needed including scheduling, preparing agendas, attending, and taking minutes as needed.
    ● Support the COO in planning for Board Meetings including material collection, agenda setting, setting up conference lines, and taking minutes.
    ● Manage process for organizational leadership to engage in outreach to strategic external partners.
    ● Oversee targeted research projects and developing proposals or plans to outline conclusions.
    ● Develop materials to support pre and post meeting communications including but not limited to emails, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoints
    ● Update all external relationship tracking documents and compile all research and strategy development materials for review by the CEO, COO, and CPO at their quarterly offsite meetings
    ● Act as the key contact person for all correspondence related to special projects such as keeping all documents organized and up to date.
    ● Ensure progress of fundraising campaigns and special events through overseeing correspondence and coordinating meetings between the Leadership Team, key staff, Board members and donors.
    ● Support the CEO with individual donor and public funding cultivation including scheduling meetings, site visits, and drafting letters and reports.

  • Requirements & Qualifications

    ● Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission
    ● Ability to most effectively advance long-term and short-term priorities and needs
    ● Enthusiasm for administration
    ● Eagerness to play a support role in the achievement of organizational goals; willingness and capacity to “lead up”
    ● Excellence in both written and verbal communications
    ● Strong interpersonal skills with ability to interact in positive and professional manner at all times
    ● Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment
    ● Strong organizational skills
    ● Ability to multitask, prioritize work effectively, and consistently meet deadlines
    ● Strategic-minded with demonstrated capacity to propose clear and throughout decisions
    ● High degree of discretion, good judgment and the ability to maintain confidentiality
    ● Strong attention to detail
    ● Ability to develop and recall relationships
    ● Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace
    ● Experience in effective project management preferred

  • Compensation Package

    ● $40,000 base salary
    ● Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)
    ● Life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance paid 100% by Urban Initiatives
    ● Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment
    ● 120 hours (15 days) paid time off per year, with increases available for the number of years with Urban Initiatives (PTO may be prorated based on start date)
    ● Paid holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)
    ● Comp time for salaried employees

How to Apply: Send a resume and cover letter with the subject line “Special Projects Manager” to jobs@urbaninitiatives.org. Application deadline: August 8, 2019.

Resource Coordinator

Application Deadline: July 24, 2019

The Resource Coordinator (RC) is responsible for managing and expanding out of school time (OST) programming for Community School’s Initiative (CSI) by recruiting student participants, coordinating developmentally appropriate activities, engaging family and community members in programming opportunities, and overseeing staff members at one partner school. The RC is also responsible for maintaining accurate financial and attendance records, working with community members and organizations to offer programs and services that meet the needs of students and their families, and marketing the program for growth and sustainability. The RC manages relationships with school administrators and staff, as well as, recruits and sustains relationships with community vendors through the support of their program manager and the 21st Century Learning Grant.

  • Urban Initiatives & Culture & Climate Overview

    Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.
    Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and social-emotional learning. We amplify the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves 17,000 students throughout the City of Chicago.
    The Culture and Climate department oversees two programs: Play with Potential (PWP) and Community School’s Initiative (CSI). PWP is a structured recess program that maximizes the fun, physical activity, and learning opportunities of recess time. CSI is a federally funded program that utilizes a year-round approach to impacts youth, families, and the broader community with comprehensive supports in the out of school time (afterschool) space.

  • Responsibilities


    -Oversee the day-to-day operation of OST coordination at one partner school. This includes: Planning and making recommendations for the implementation of high quality program activities that meet the mission and vision of program, align to the schools goals, and that provide diverse learning opportunities; Meet program requirements in partnership with community schools initiative and 21st century grant requirements;, maintain accurate record-keeping and monitoring of policies and procedure

    -Staffing and Training: Supervise and participate in the recruitment of out-of-school-time program staff; Negotiate independent contractor agreements on behalf of the program with agencies and individuals who provide services; Secure appropriate agency approvals as necessary.

    -Budget Management :Tracking and maintenance of expenditures within the budget

    -Provide direct service to youth and/or parent participants.

    -Stakeholder Engagement :Organize and manage an Advisory Committee that is responsible for general oversight of the out-of-school-time program; Seek input from administration, teachers, school staff, LSC members, parents, and students to determine ongoing needs of students and families.

    -Evaluation: Assure that site-based reporting and evaluation components are completed and delivered.

    -Attend the following Annual UI Fundraising Events: Soccer Ball and Work to Play Cup

  • Requirements & Qualifications

    ● Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission
    ● Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace
    ● Committed to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for youth
    ● Ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders including other staff members, youth, coaches, families, partner organizations and funders through a variety of different mediums.
    ● Bachelor degree required, preferably in related field (education, youth development, social work, sports management, health sciences, etc.)
    ● At least two years experience working in the youth development field (experience in a supervisor role preferred)
    ● Superior communication skills, both spoken and written
    ● Strong budget management knowledge
    ● Strong presentation and group facilitation skills (demonstrated experience preferred)
    ● Quick learner and problem solver, experience in managing conflicts
    ● Strong time management, administrative, analytical, and organizational skills
    ● Self-directed while balancing multiple tasks within a team-based work environment
    ● Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities while maintaining high quality of work
    ● Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in underserved neighborhoods
    ● Willingness to travel locally as needed
    ● Fingerprint Background Check (required in-house)
    ● CPR certification (training provided)
    ● Negative TB test (required)

  • Compensation Package

    ● Base salary of $35,000
    ● Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)
    ● Life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance paid 100% by Urban Initiatives
    ● Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment
    ● 120 hours (15 days) paid time off per year, with increases available for the number of years with Urban Initiatives (PTO may be prorated based on start date)
    ● Paid holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)
    ● Comp time for salaried employees

How to Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to jobs@urbaninitiatives.org​ and include “Resource Coordinator” in the subject line. Your application should include your email address, a copy of your resume, as well as a cover letter describing any related experience and an explanation as to why you think you would make a great Resource Coordinator. Application deadline: July 24, 2019.

REC Coordinator

Application Deadline: July 24, 2019

The REC Coordinator (RC) position is dedicated to implementing recess that is safe, active and engaging at one school-based site. The RC works with recess support staff and administrators to organize recess that maximizes social and emotional learning and physical activity during recess. This is achieved at recess every day as well as through regular meetings with administrators and support staff to implement positive youth development strategies that continually improve recess (indoor and outdoor). Beyond Recess, the RC works with school administrators, deans, and culture and climate, and health and wellness teams to impact the social and emotional development of students 

  • Urban Initiatives & Culture & Climate Overview

    Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law.
    Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and social-emotional learning. We amplify the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves 17,000 students throughout the City of Chicago.
    The Culture and Climate department oversees two programs: Play with Potential (PWP) and Community School’s Initiative (CSI). PWP is a structured recess program that maximizes the fun, physical activity, and learning opportunities of recess time. CSI is a federally funded program that utilizes a year-round approach to impacts youth, families, and the broader community with comprehensive supports in the out of school time (afterschool) space.

  • Responsibilities

    Oversee the day-to-day operation of Play with Potential at one partner school. This includes: support the recruitment of recess facilitator(s) and participate in biannual RF training sessions; attend week long training for school based staff, August 19-23, as well as, periodic training sessions during the year; lead conversations with UI staff, youth, families, coaches and external stakeholders; advocate for recess and student outcomes with school administration and community stakeholders; deliver feedback regularly to RF
    Program Evaluation:  Completion of annual implementation plan, ensure collection of pre- and post-year surveys from principals, teachers, and students
    Implement the UIC/UI supervisory manual (ie: weekly reflections and attend bi-weekly meetings with Program Manager) Additionally, the RC will: act as a role model, gaining the respect and trust of the community and youth served; attend monthly Professional Learning Community meetings (PLCs) with other school based staff members; attend the following Annual UI Fundraising Events: Soccer Ball and Work to Play Cup

  • Requirements & Qualifications

    ● Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission
    ● Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace
    ● Committed to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for youth
    ● Ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders including other staff members, youth, coaches, families, partner organizations and funders through a variety of different mediums.
    ● At least two years experience working in the youth development field (experience in a supervisor role preferred)
    ● Superior communication skills, both spoken and written
    ● Strong presentation and group facilitation skills (demonstrated experience preferred)
    ● Quick learner and problem solver, experience in managing conflicts
    ● Strong time management, administrative, analytical, and organizational skills
    ● Self-directed while balancing multiple tasks within a team-based work environmen● Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities while maintaining high quality of work
    ● Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in underserved neighborhoods
    ● Willingness to travel locally as needed
    ● Fingerprint Background Check (required in-house)
    ● CPR certification (training provided)
    ● Negative TB test (required)

  • Compensation Package

    ● Base salary of $21,000 (approximately $19.50 an hour, 30 hours a week) with a​$1,000 retention and performance bonus to be paid out on your last paycheck of the school year. Note that your first check may be prorated based on your start date.
    ● 36 hours (6 days) paid time off per year, with increases available for the number of years with Urban Initiatives (PTO may be prorated based on start date)
    ● Paid holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)

How to Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to jobs@urbaninitiatives.org​ and include “REC Coordinator” in the subject line. Your application should include your email address, a copy of your resume, as well as a cover letter describing any related experience and an explanation as to why you think you would make a great REC Coordinator. Application deadline: July 24, 2019.

Where We Work

Schools

  • Audubon 3500 N Hoyne Ave

  • Barry 2828 N Kilbourn Ave

  • Bateman 4220 N Richmond St

  • Beethoven 25 W 47th St

  • Beidler 3151 W Walnut St

  • Castellanos 2524 S Central Park Ave

  • Christopher House 5235 W Belden Ave

  • Claremont 2300 W 64th St

  • Curtis 32 E. 115th St

  • Daley 5024 S Wolcott Ave

  • Davis 3014 W 39th Pl

  • Dever 3436 N Osceola Ave

  • Faraday 3250 W Monroe St

  • Goethe 2236 N Rockwell St

  • Goudy 5120 N Winthrop Ave

  • Greene 3525 S Honore Ave

  • Gunsaulus 4420 S Sacramento Ave

  • Hibbard 3244 W Ainslie St
  • Henry 4250 St Louis Ave

  • Howe 720 N Lorel Ave

  • Jackson 917 W 88th St

  • Jahn 3149 N Wolcott Ave

  • Jordan 7414 N Wolcott Ave

  • King 644 W 71st St

  • Kozminski 936 E 54th St

  • Lawndale 3500 W Douglas Blvd

  • Lee 6448 S Tripp Ave

  • Libby 5300 S Loomis Blvd

  • Little Village 2620 S Lawndale Ave

  • Lloyd 2103 N Lamon Ave

  • Lorca 3231 N Springfield Ave

  • Lowell 3320 W Hirsch St
  • Marquette 6550 S Richmond St

  • McNair 4820 W Walton St

  • Morrill 6011 S Rockwell St

  • Morton 431 N Troy St

  • Nixon 2121 N Keeler Ave

  • Nobel 4127 W Hirsch St

  • North River 4416 N Troy St

  • National Teachers Academy 55 W Cermak Rd

  • Northwest Middle 5252 W Palmer St

  • O’Keeffe 6940 S Merrill Ave

  • Orozco 1940 W 18th St
  • Otis 525 N Armour St

  • Pasteur 5825 S Kostner Ave

  • Peterson 5510 N Christiana Ave

  • Piccolo 1040 N Keeler Ave

  • Powell7511 S South Shore Dr

  • Prieto 2231 North Central Ave

  • Providence Englewood Charter 6515 S Ashland Ave

  • Ravenswood 4332 N Paulina St

  • Reavis 834 E 50th St

  • Sandoval 5534 S Saint Louis Ave

  • Spencer 214 N Lavergne Ave

  • Stevenson 8010 S Kostner Ave

  • Tarkington 3330 W 71st St

  • Walsh 2015 S Peoria Street

  • Ward 2701 S Shields Ave

  • West Park 1425 N Tripp Ave

Communities Served

  • Albany Park

  • Armour Square

  • Ashburn

  • Auburn-Gresham

  • Austin

  • Avondale

  • Belmont Cragin

  • Brighton Park

  • Chicago Lawn

  • Dunning

  • East Garfield Park

  • Englewood

  • Gage Park

  • Grand Boulevard

  • Hermosa

  • Humboldt Park

  • Hyde Park

  • Irving Park

  • Kenwood

  • Lakeview

  • Logan Square

  • Lower West Side

  • McKinley Park

  • Near North Side

  • Near South Side

  • New City

  • North Center

  • North Lawndale

  • North Park

  • Rogers Park

  • Roseland

  • South Lawndale

  • South Shore

  • Uptown

  • West Elsdon

  • West Englewood

  • West Lawn

  • West Town

Board

Board of Directors

    • Neil Hirshman, Board Chair, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    • Sarah Naim, Board Vice Chair, Grainger
  • Solomon Barnett, Citadel Securities.
  • Shawn Broadfield, Allstate Insurance Company
  • Chris Campbell, C.B. Campbell & Co.
  • Pete Cherecwich, Northern Trust
  • Patrick Croke, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Thomas Dammrich,Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
  • Jim Dower, Urban Initiatives
  • Alaina Harkness, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Adolfo Hernandez, Pritzker Community Health
  • Ralf Hilpuesch, Storck USA
  • Adam Hitchcock, Sovereign Infrastructure Group
  • Eric Kyereme, Sika Capital Management
  • Michael Landers, Sodexo
  • David Mahoney, CBRE
  • Brian McBride, ESPN, TiPEVO
  • Edwin McDonald, MD, University of Chicago Medicine
  • Michael McGrew, Constellation Brands
  • Corey Minturn, William Blair
  • Jimmy O’Connor, William Blair
  • Richard S. Parisi, Silver Point Capital
  • Jason Pritzker, The Pritzker Organization, LLC
  • Dawn Reese, Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education
  • Katy Reichert, Civic Leader
  • Randy Rivera, Keen Advisors LLC
  • Jimmy Samartzis, Oliver Wyman
  • Karen Schweickart
  • Stacy Stutz, McKinsey & Company
  • Joe Taets, Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Cedric Thurman, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago

Partners Board

  • Solomon Barnett, Citadel LLC
  • Dario Bolanos, Northwestern Mutual
  • Molly Costich, J.P. Morgan
  • Annie Couyoumjian, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Eric Crowley, GP Bullhound
  • Richard Douglas, Themis Bar Review
  • Mike Galibois, Reed Smith
  • David Grass, Weissbluth Pediatrics
  • Sean Harness, Atkore International
  • Patty Hester, National Student Leadership Conference
  • Jaime Hitch,Quaker/Pepsico
  • DeJuan Lever, Luxe Business Partners
  • Kathleen Strand, McDonalds
  • Jonathan Taylor, Blitz Capital
  • Meg Whitty, Uptake

Associate Board

The Urban Initiatives Associate Board is a group of young professionals dedicated to raising awareness about and funds to support Urban Initiatives.

  • Young Kwak, Citadel, President
  • Ashley Dobbins, Spark Foundry, Vice-President
  • Greg Friend, Comcast, Vice-President
  • Annie Couyoumjian, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, President Emeritus
  • Paul Damato, Freelance Marketing, Vice President Emeritus

Members

  • Zachary Addy, RW Ventures
  • Orlando Aguirre, CBRE
  • Kevin Arrogante, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Nathan Asher, Health Strategy
  • Muhammad Azfar, Accenture
  • Liz Barnett, Raise Marketplace
  • Gene Barrett, Deloitte
  • Andrew Bartush, Honeywell UOP
  • Ben Bayles, Allstate Investments
  • Michelle Baumann, Geometry
  • Jessica Bechtel, Pepsico/Quaker
  • Paola Blanca, PACO Collective
  • Dennis Bond, Grainger
  • Corey Bradford, City of Chicago Office of Inspector General
  • Jesse Brosten, KPMG
  • Jack Buehler, Starcom USA
  • Stephanie Bylos, Xronos Consulting
  • Nicholette Cameron, UBS
  • Andrias Campbell, Fidelity Investments
  • Shreya Canakapalli, DiMeo, Schneider & Associates
  • Michael Cannell, Levenfeld Pearlstein
  • Mike Carlson, Highbridge Principal Strategies
  • Jeff Cassidy, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Nick Cauley, Northwestern University
  • MacKenzie Christie, Grundfos
  • Annika Clutch, Storck USA
  • Benjamin Cohen, Lee & Associates of Illinois
  • Andrew Cole, Arthur J. Gallagher
  • Christopher Dardi, Kellogg School of Management
  • Keegan De Silva, Great Point Capital
  • Robert Dentamaro, Morton Grove Fire Department
  • Caroline DeWeirdt, Initiatives
  • Brian Dobmeier, United Airlines
  • Rachael Dula, Salesforce
  • Jubril Durijaiye, Northern Trust
  • Chris Ellison, Jump Trading
  • Jamie Ende, David A. Axelrod & Associates, P.C. 
  • Jeffrey Farina, University of Notre Dame
  • Holton Faust, Rush University Medical Center
  • Brian Flanagan, KPMG
  • Rachel Flanagan, Accenture
  • Dillon Flynn, Green City Market
  • Larry Fogel, Sidley Austin
  • Joey Fox, Pepsico/Quaker
  • Harrison Freund, Avant
  • Christopher Fry, Lockton Companies
  • Mauro Fuzetti, Wells Fargo Insurance Services
  • Emily Golan, RXBAR
  • Alex Gorniak, Proxima Group
  • Jeremy Guterl, Ketchum
  • Brian Hail, STATS 
  • Kyle Hannon, Jump Trading
  • Wilfrido Hernandez, William Blair
  • Steven Herrmann, University of Chicago
  • Collin Hickey, Harmony Healthcare IT
  • Emily Holmen, ActiveCampaign
  • Sam Hong, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Patrick Hopkins, Peak6
  • Liz Hoppe, Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Lauren Horn, All Stars Project of Chicago
  • Thomas Hughes, Baker McKenzie
  • Marty Imber, Deloitte
  • Adam John, Octagon
  • Patrick Jones, Robert W. Baird & Co
  • Ashley Jordan, MB Real Estate
  • Brett Joseph, Resolution Media
  • Chris Laackman, Nielsen Catalina Solutions
  • Kelsey Lantz, Chicago Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery
  • Bill Lawrence, Sidley Austin
  • Alex Leon, Nielsen
  • Jordan Lewis, Daley Financial Partners
  • Sarah Lewis, Home Chef
  • Margot Mache, Girls on the Run Chicago
  • Patrick Mahal, Antares Capital
  • Griffin Malcom, IRI Worldwide
  • Joe Mark, OMD
  • Rick Marquardt, Ernst & Young
  • Connor Martin, Huron Consulting
  • Matt Matosian, Arbor Investments
  • Brian Mattoni, Priority Sports and Entertainment
  • Stephen McCormick, William Blair
  • Meghan McKeever, Robert Lurie Childrens Hospital
  • Joe McLean, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage
  • David Mielcarek, Pepsico/Quaker
  • Bridget Mikols, Pentwater Capital Management
  • Dan Moriaty, Chicago Bulls
  • Ellen Mortell, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Ryan Movahed, Miller, Cooper and Co.
  • Katie Nestle, Allstate
  • Hannah Nichols, Fidus Investment Advisors
  • Susan Nichols, William Blair
  • Erica Nied, Denimcratic
  • Ryan Nugent, Centro
  • Elise O’Connor, MB Real Estate
  • Brennan Ouellette, PepsiCo
  • Austin Pagnotta, JP Morgan Chase
  • Jose Paz, Monroe Capital
  • Mike Perconte, Fooda
  • Manny Peredo-Muniz, Accenture
  • Carol Platt, Midwestern University
  • Clara Purk, Accenture
  • Brian Quirke, NERA Economic Consulting
  • Michael Quirke, Accenture
  • John Reglin, US Soccer
  • Elizabeth Reichter, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Patrick Reilly, 120 Sports
  • Steven Resnik, Northwestern Law and Kellogg School of Management
  • Brittany Reynoso, Chicago Cubs
  • Libby Rice, agencyEA
  • A.J. Riddell, Kellogg School of Management
  • Cliff Sakutukwa, CPA, Yale University
  • Shereen Sater, Conversant
  • Jordan Schultz, Travis Manion Foundation
  • Rusty Scott, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • Ryan Seager, Associated Agencies, Inc.
  • Connor Sharples, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Lars Skattum, William Blair
  • Derek Skoog, PwC
  • Kyle Smith, SC Johnson
  • Sean Snider, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Kaitlin Straits, Glassdoor
  • Eric Sullivan, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Irene Sullivan, The University of Chicago Law
  • Sam Sustarich, CD Distributors
  • Emily Taft, University of Chicago
  • Beth Talentowski, BMO Harris
  • Phil Terrazzino, TKK
  • Dan Thomann, Volunteer Immigrant Defense Advocates
  • Taylor Thorndyke, Grainger
  • Thomas Villanti, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck 
  • Tyler VanGilder, PPM America
  • Phillip Wadle, Huron Consulting
  • Jon Wagner, Groupon
  • Kate Walsh, Analyst
  • Ronnie Westmoreland, Deerpath Capital Management
  • Chet White, Invenergy
  • Catie Wilber, Spark Foundry
  • Lauren Wolf, Enova International
  • Coety Wyse, The Competence Group
  • Virginia Yost, KPMG
  • Stacy Zabrin, William Blair

Student Board

  • Kate Abdo, Saint Ignatius College Prep
  • Ben Anderson, Hinsdale Central
  • Luke Anderson, Hinsdale Central
  • Chase Armstrong, New Trier High School
  • Frankie Baio, Loyola Academy
  • Athan Chiampas, Loyola Academy
  • Katia Chiampas, Loyola Academy
  • Caitlin Chiavola, Resurrection College Prep High School
  • Landon Douthit, New Trier High School
  • Rylin Douthit, New Trier High School
  • Natalie Duquette, North Shore Country Day School
  • Reighne Dyson, Whitney Young
  • Augie Gallun, North Shore Country Day School
  • Sophie Gerstman, New Trier High School
  • Alex Glueck, New Trier High School
  • Thor Graham, Latin School of Chicago
  • Isamu Handwerk, Lane Tech College Prep
  • Andrew Hoepfner, Loyola Academy
  • Matthew LeClercq, Loyola Academy
  • Makayla Meers, New Trier High School
  • Aidan Olson, Lane Tech
  • Sandra O’Malley, St. Ignatius College Prep
  • Daniel Rau, Lane Tech
  • John Sprenger, North Shore Country Day School
  • Will Terry, New Trier High School
  • Lauren Tiemann, St. Ignatius College Prep
  • Charlie Turner, Lane Tech
  • Sam Weber, New Trier High School
  • Graham Weiler, New Trier High School
  • Max Weldon, Jones College Prep
  • John Wilson, Loyola Academy
  • Alex Winslow, North Shore Country Day School
  • Grace Wolfe, New Trier High School
  • Teddy Woodman, New Trier High School

Supporters

Sustaining Sponsors

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Baskin Family Foundation
  • Belvedere
  • Chicago Blackhawks Charities
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Cubs Care, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • IMC
  • J.R. Albert Foundation
  • The Kraft Heinz Company
  • Michael Lewis Company
  • Optiver
  • Orlebeke Foundation
  • Polk Foundation
  • Prince Charitable Trusts
  • Quest Foundation
  • Sprout Social
  • Storck USA LP
  • Target Corporation
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Champion Partners

Andy Campbell and Susan Rancourt
Baskin Trust
Belvedere Trading
BMO Harris Bank
Chicago Blackhawks Charities
Cherecwich Family
Chris Campbell
Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation
Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS)
Helen Brach Foundation
Hirshman Family
Jim Blomberg
Kenilworth Union Church
Maximus Foundation
NKC Family Foundation
Optiver
Quest Foundation
Morgan and Rob Parkinson
Solomon Barnett
Steele Family Foundation
Storck
Target
Cece & Tom Ricketts
Union Pacific Foundation
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Winslow Family

Soccer Ball Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

  • Allstate

All-Star Sponsors

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • American Airlines
  • Barnett, Hill & Twells Families
  • Belvedere
  • Boeing
  • CBRE + Rachel & Dave Mahoney
  • Clayco
  • Gallagher
  • IMC
  • Kirkland & Ellis Foundation + The Hirshman Family
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • National Student Leadership Conference + Themis Bar Review
  • NCC Media
  • Northern Trust
  • Optiver
  • Susan & Tom Pigott
  • Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Foundation
  • Revel
  • Storck
  • Uber

Paddle Raise Sponsor

  • William Blair

Goal Sponsors

  • Advocate Children’s Hospital
  • Ariel Investments
  • Nicole & Dave Berger
  • Susan & Shawn Broadfield
  • Constellation Brands
  • Dammrich & Fox Families
  • Ellen & Rich Douglas
  • Dower Family
  • EY
  • Girgenti Family
  • Grainger
  • Joe & Christie Kelly
  • Sara & Kip Kirkpatrick
  • Quaker
  • Reed Smith
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • Stacy & Rob Stutz + Exelon
  • Tully Family

Trophy Sponsors

  • AbelsonTaylor
  • Edward A. Anderson Company/Paul L. Armstrong
  • Buehler Family
  • Annie Couyoumjian
  • Ashley & Sam Hong
  • Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC
  • Mawi Learning
  • Sheila & Mike McGrew
  • Erika, Jamie & Kevin Nied
  • Paine Family Foundation
  • Karen Schweickart
  • Jenna & Shane Smith
  • Steak 48
  • Charlie Tilson
  • Will & Jennifer Tippet

In-Kind Sponsors

  • Beam Suntory
  • BMP Film Co.
  • Constellation Brands
  • Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
  • Limelight
  • MGP Brands
  • Optimus
  • The Revel Group
  • Sound Investment
  • Storck

Work to Play Cup Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

  • Target

Team Sponsors

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Armour Family
  • Avant
  • Blitz Capital Group
  • Coffman Family 
  • Matt Colman, Sam Hong & Dan Lewis
  • Brian Crabb and Christine Cucinotta
  • Crimmins Family
  • Daley Financial Partners
  • Fortier Family
  • Friedli Family
  • Gallagher
  • GATX
  • Girgenti Family
  • Glew Family
  • Grainger
  • Hatch con Arepas
  • Hilpuesch Family
  • Hirshman Family
  • Hudson Family
  • IMC
  • Jackson 
  • Steve and Julie Kaiser
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Sheila and Mike McGrew 
  • Mulaney-Gryzenia Family 
  • National Student Leadership Conference
  • Northern Trust
  • PPM America
  • Karen Schweickart
  • Storck, USA
  • Themis Bar Review
  • Tilson Family
  • The Urban Initiatives Partners Board
  • William Blair
  • Woodman Cison & Associates
  • Denise & Bill Wozencraft
  • 2018 Thanks-for-Giving Paddle Tournament

In Kind Sponsors

  • Aramark
  • Chicago Park District
  • Flood Brothers
  • Split 

Corporate Challenge Cup Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Morningstar 

Team Sponsors

  • Accenture
  • Allstate
  • Bain
  • BDT & Company
  • BDT
  • Belvedere
  • Blitz Capital
  • Chicago Reach
  • Citadel Securities
  • Gallagher
  • GATX
  • Glassdoor
  • Grainger
  • Huron Consulting
  • IMC
  • Jump Trading
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Limelight
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Morningstar
  • Northern Trust
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Optiver
  • PwC
  • ReedSmith
  • Sidley Austin
  • Spencer Stuart
  • Storck
  • Taft Law
  • William Blair

In Kind Sponsors

  • Chicago Indoor Sports 
  • Constellation Brands
  • The French Pastry School
  • Limelight
  • RXBars
  • Starbucks

Financial Archive

Overview

Urban Initiatives is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating in the state of Illinois. 

85% of expenses directly support our programs.

For the fiscal year ending July 31, 2017, Urban Initiatives had:

  • Total income: $4,238,760
  • Total program expenses:$3,338,702
  • Total fund raising expenses:$163,702
  • Total administrative expenses:$413,509
  • End of year net assets:$1,221,156