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% of Urban Initiatives participants come from low-income families.


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

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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.

  • Alison Hung, Development Director – Corporate Partnerships

    Alison graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Prior to Urban Initiatives, Alison worked for McMaster-Carr, an industrial supplier, where she worked in operations management and later supervised a team in the Merchandising arm of the company. Alison grew up in Hong Kong and enjoys reading and running. As the Development Director – Corporate Partnerships, she is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of the fund development plan and cultivation of integrated corporate partnerships.

  • 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,  Program Director – WTP & TTL

    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 Work to Play Program Director at Urban Initiatives.

  • Brendan McAlpine, Program Director

    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 – WTP & TTL

    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.

  • Scott Wozencraft, Development Director – Individual Giving

    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.

  • Anndriene Bell, Administration Coordinator

    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 Administration Coordinator at Urban Initiatives.

  • Cynthia Dominguez, Operations Manager

    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.

  • Emily Fallon, Development Manager – Marketing & Stewardship

    Emily graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Political Science where she focused on how law shapes race and identity in the U.S. Emily grew up in St. Louis, Missouri but considers her birthplace in Southern California to be her true home. As the Development Coordinator, she optimizes the efficiency and effectiveness of development efforts by supporting all members of the development team.

  • Linda Galib, Research & Evaluation Manager

    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.

  • Kaitlyn Klapperich, Development Manager – Community Engagement

    Kaitlyn was born and raised in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri where she double majored in Sociology and Communications and played on the Women’s Basketball team. As the Development Manager – Community Engagement, she is responsible for engaging external stakeholders in our work, with a focus on individual engagement and engagement of corporations through Corporate Volunteering. Outside of work, Kaitlyn loves to eat, cook, and travel.

  • 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.

  • Cristobal Martinez, Communications Manager

    Born and raised in Chicago’s Little Village community, Cris knows firsthand the difficulties of growing up in a tough neighborhood. Cris has a passion for sports and says if it weren’t for sports he would have gone down the wrong path. Instead Cris found his way to Urban Initiatives and started as a Program Associate where he implemented the Work to Play program in 5 schools. Today, Cris has graduated from program implementation and now manages Communications for Urban Initiatives.

  • Alex Salsky, Development Manager – Foundations & Special Events

    Alex was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. She attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Spanish and minored in Visual Arts. Alex is the Development Manager for Foundations & Special Events. Outside of work, Alex is passionate about photography and hanging out with her cat, Phoebe.

  • Kevin Schoenfeld, Program Manager – PWP

    Kevin grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago & attended high school in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. He went on to receive a bachelors degree in Political Science from Illinois State University in 2014. It was there he developed a great passion for grassroots community organizing & greater economic, political & social equality for all. This is his fourth year with Urban Initiatives. Starting as an Americorps service member Kevin then spent two career altering years at Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy as a School Based Program Coordinator, Kevin is now a Play with Potential Program Manager.

  • Jared Thomas, Program Manager – PWP

    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 the “beautiful game.” He is a lifelong Notre Dame football and Chicago Cubs fan. Before taking on the role as a program manager, Jared was a SBPC at North River Elementary, and a Recess Facilitator at Otis Elementary.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Preethi Varma, Program Manager – WTP & TTL

    Preethi graduated from the University of Virginia, Preethi studied Public Policy and Gender Studies. Prior to Urban Initiatives, she volunteered heavily with elementary and middle school youth. Preethi is currently studying at University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and is working to earn a master’s degree in social work and social policy. She grew up playing a lot of sports and is looking forward to bringing that passion to UI’s Continuum of Programming.

  • Kazim Walji, Program Manager – PWP

    Born and raised in Minnesota, Kazim completed a Bachelors in Education from the University of Minnesota. He began his career at a start-up fitness company training some of today’s top professional athletes before moving to the non-profit space with Project SUCCESS. Kazim moved to Chicago in 2015 and completed a Masters in Sports Administration from Northwestern University in 2017. Beginning his second year as a Senior Program Manager at Urban Initiatives, Kazim is excited to continue brining organized recess and SEL lessons through Play with Potential.

School-Based Program Coordinators

  • Anna Bradsher, SBPC at Piccolo

    Born and raised in the best state of the US, North Carolina, Anna went to Appalachian State University. She’s played sports her whole life and has worked with youth from all nationalities and ages. Anna moved back to the US after living in China for 2.5 years. Don’t worry, she speaks zero Mandarin. Although she’s about decent at everything, she is excellent at UI.

  • Jonathan Cruz, SBPC at Lowell

    Jonathan grew up in the Philippines and received a Bachelor’s degree in I.T. from AMA University. Throughout his time there, he played on the University’s basketball team for three years. His love for sports extends past basketball and he uses this passion to engage with the kids. Up until now, he has five years of experience of working with kids. He started working for Urban Initiatives in September 2015 as the REC Coordinator. He is now looking forward to his new role as a School-Based Program Coordinator.

  • Kevin Gray, SBPC at Jahn

    Kevin has been working with Urban Initiatives for five years and is entering his fourth year as an SBPC at Jahn Elementary.  He is a life long sports fan and has been working with kids for over ten years.  He also works as the Girls Director of Coaching for the Wilmette Wings.

  • 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.

  • Bernadette Hansen, SBPC at NW Middle, Otis, & Goethe

    Bernadette was born and raised in the heart of Chicago, and family, work, and sports complete her! From her youngest days, being athletic and competitive was second nature for Bernadette, and as she got older, her passion for sports and physical activity grew stronger. She dreamed of sharing that passion with children of all ages and of being a role model for kids to look up to. Prior to joining the Urban Initiatives team, Bernadette worked within CPS for five years. She loves working with kids from all different backgrounds, and her goal is to make a difference for as many kids possible. 

  • JP Hernandez, SBPC at Nobel & Little Village

    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.

  • Chanelle McFarland, SBPC at Tarkington & Marquette

    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.

  • 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.

  • Michelle Ramos, SBPC at Ravenswood, North River, & Barry

    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.

Work to Play & Take the Lead Staff

  • Arianna Bell, Program Associate

    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.

  • Chris Espino, Program Associate

    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.

  • Dajuan King, Program Coordinator

    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. This year, Dajuan will be working as a Program Coordinator at 5 different West Side schools. 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.

  • Daniel Lagunas, Program Associate

    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.

  • Victoria Medrano, Program Associate

    Victoria was born and raised in the southwest suburbs. She attended Arizona State University her freshman year of college, then transferred to DePaul University to finish her last three years of schooling. There she attained a degree in Public Relations and Advertising and minored in Business Administration. Her last quarter of school she volunteered at Prieto during recess. This year she is most excited about working with the kids in other schools, along with visiting some former students at Prieto.

  • Cecilia Pedroza, Program Coordinator

    Cecilia was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Nutrition. Cecilia is ecstatic for her role as a first time Program Coordinator at Lee, Stevenson, Jackson, Sandoval, and Morrill elementary schools. She hopes to be an influential role for the youth. Cecilia is a White Sox fan and enjoys attending games with her family.

Play with Potential Staff

  • Earl Aaron, REC Coordinator at Audubon

  • Dorrian Covington, REC Coordinator at Lloyd

  • Michael Dabney, REC Coordinator at Prieto

    A native of Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood, Michael finished as an undergraduate research assistant and received a B.S in Psychology at DePaul University. His research interests are within Sports and Exercise Psychology. Michael interned at Urban Initiatives and is now excited to work for UI.


  • Jamila Davey, REC Coordinator at The Chicago Academy

    Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, one of the biggest Bears fan you will meet! With various “jobs” under her belt, Jamila always found happiness working & enriching the youth through sports and relationship building exercises. She started by volunteering at her daughters school when she was young and then began working for UI as an Assistant Coach. Having the great opportunity to have worked in various schools throughout Chicago, she is excited to bring innovative ideas to the REC Coordinator position at Dever.

  • Idzel Diaz, REC Coordinator at West Park

  • KyJuan Hardin, REC Coordinator 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.

  • Gaby Mendez, REC Coordinator at Orozco

  • Jose Montenegro, REC Coordinator  at Daley

  • Victor Ramirez, REC Coordinator at Castellanos

    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.

  • Robin Rankin, Curtis

    Robin was born  and raised in Chicago. She has a huge passion for youth, fitness, sports and education. She has worked with inner city kids for over 15 years now and enjoys every bit of it. She strives to help students reach their highest potential and utilize tools such as sports and physical activities. She believes her purpose is very clear.

  • Ebony Stallworth, O’Keeffe

    Ebony is currently in a masters program at St. Thomas University studying Educational Leadership. She was a 4-Time All-American in shot put from North Central College and still holds records there. She is most excited about being at O’Keeffe School of Excellence because it is a new partnership for UI and implementing PWP into their curriculum will be a wonderful opportunity for her to set the tone since it is her first year at UI as well.

  • Zorohn Reed, REC Coordinator at Peterson

    Zorohn was born and raised in Chicago and grew up playing soccer. He went to school at Lane Tech, graduated in 2012 then went on to study at Benedictine graduating in 2016. While being a student athlete he discovered that he enjoyed coaching and mentoring kids. Since college Zorohn has been coaching High School soccer at Lane Tech and training for different marathons around the U.S.

Available Jobs

Play with Potential REC Facilitator

Start Date: Immediately

You will work with the school’s REC Coordinator to oversee recess for all ages, implementing Urban Initiatives’ Play with Potential recess curriculum. This curriculum emphasizes positive youth development and scaffolds students towards self-directed play. Our goal is for students to be safe, active and engaged in play that contributes to social and physical development.

  • Responsibilities

    Recess Facilitators will organize students in the play space (usually outdoors or in the gym) and offer a series of structured games as well as opportunities for self-directed play. The goal is to teach students how to play games, then supervise and support them until they are familiar enough to play in a more self-directed capacity. Facilitators will also be responsible for managing behavior during recess to ensure that all students are safe. A variety of equipment (playground balls, cones, etc) will be available, although the curriculum is adapted for minimal equipment needs. The Recess Facilitator will train with the Urban Initiatives staff in order to be prepared to serve all functions of this position.

    Other duties will include:
    Participating in periodic evaluation/report meetings with Urban Initiatives and/or school staff
    Completing time sheets and minimal administrative tasks
    Emphasizing healthy lifestyles and positive character development during recess time

  • Skills + Qualifications

    Ability to engage with students in physical activity by demonstrating, supervising and enjoying recess games
    Commitment to positive discipline; desire to keep recess safe, active and engaging for all students
    Ability to be creative and adapt play spaces as needed (for example, when recess is indoors for winter months)
    Ability to work independently and in a team environment
    Ability to work a flexible schedule
    Fingerprint Background Check (required in-house)
    CPR certification (training provided by Urban Initiatives)
    Negative TB test (required)

  • Position Type

    This is a part-time position. During the school year, the Recess Facilitator hours are approximately 10:00am-1:00pm every day school is in session. You may also attend periodic trainings and meetings with supervisors at the school or Urban Initiatives (approx. 20 hours total for the year).

  • Salary + Benefits

    This position pays $10/hr and does not include benefits.

Apply by sending your resumé and a cover letter describing why you would be a great addition to the team to april@urbaninitiatives.org.

Play with Potential REC Coordinator

Start Date: Immediately

At an elementary school site in one school in Chicago, coordinators will implement the Play with Potential recess curriculum for students in grades K-8. This curriculum emphasizes positive youth development and scaffolds students towards self-directed play. Our goal is for students to be safe, active and engaged in play that contributes to their social and physical development.

  • Responsibilities

    Recess Coordinators will organize students and additional staff in the play space (planned for outdoors or indoors) and organize a series of structured games as well as opportunities for self-directed play. Coordinators will work with school support staff to train them on games and develop effective behavior management during recess to ensure that all students are safe. A variety of equipment (playground balls, cones, etc) will be available, although the curriculum is adapted for minimal equipment needs and diverse spaces. The Recess Coordinator will complete an advanced (paid) training in order to be prepared to serve all functions of this position. Apart from facilitating recess time at a partner school, your role will expand outside of recess to address health and character in other ways that are fitting to the school. This will vary according to each school site, and will involve teaching lessons in the classroom.
    Other duties will include:
     Participating in bi-weekly meetings with other Recess Coordinators to share best practices and problem-solve
     Collaborating with school staff to implement programming
     Participating in school community activities and contributing to the Urban Initiatives blog
     Completing weekly reviews of recess, working to meet chronological milestones
     Completing evaluation tools, time sheets and as-needed administrative tasks
     Actively emphasizing positive character development and healthy lifestyles at all times

  • Skills + Qualifications

     Bachelors Degree in Education or a related field preferred
     Minimum of 18 years of age, US citizen or permanent resident status
     Desire and ability to work with families and children living in low-income, distressed neighborhoods
     Ability to engage with students in physical activity by demonstrating, supervising and
    enjoying recess games
     Sincere belief in the power of sports to change kids’ lives
     Ability to be open and flexible and meet challenges head-on
     Commitment to positive discipline; belief that physical activity is an essential part of the
    school day
     Ability to be creative and adapt play spaces as needed (for example, when recess is
    indoors for winter months)
     Ability to work independently and in a team environment
     Self-starter
     Ability to complete periodic constructive program evaluation
     Good written and oral communication skills
     Ability to work a flexible schedule
     Access to a car (recommended)
     Fingerprint Background Check (required in-house)
     CPR certification (training provided)
     Negative TB test (required)

  • Position Type

    This is a part-time, 30-hour per week position based at a single school site. Schedule is generally 9am-3pm.

  • Salary + Benefits

    Coordinators work all student attendance days. Starting salary is $22,000 and the position does not offer benefits.

Apply by sending your resumé and a cover letter describing why you would be a great addition to the team to jobs@urbaninitiatives.org

Where We Work


  • Audobon 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

  • 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
  • Howe 720 N Lorel Ave

  • Jackson 917 W 88th St

  • Jahn 3149 N Wolcott Ave

  • Jenner 1119 N Cleveland 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

  • 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 of Directors

  • Ralf Hilpuesch, Board Chair, Storck North America
  • Neil Hirshman, Board Vice Chair, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Shawn Broadfield, Allstate Insurance Company
  • Chris Campbell, C.B. Campbell & Co.
  • Yang Chao, FourKites
  • Pete Cherecwich, Northern Trust
  • Patrick Croke, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Thomas Dammrich, Partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
  • Jim Dower, Urban Initiatives
  • ME Girgenti, Civic Leader
  • Alaina Harkness, Fellow in the Centennial Scholar Initiatives at the Brookings Institution
  • Adam Hitchcock, Guggenheim Partners
  • Marco López
  • David Mahoney, CBRE
  • Brian McBride, U.S. Men’s National Team (Ret.) – ESPN FC, Analyst
  • Michael McGrew, Constellation Brands
  • Corey Minturn, William Blair
  • Sarah Naim, Grainger
  • Jimmy O’Connor, William Blair
  • Richard S. Parisi, Silver Point Capital
  • Katy Reichert, Civic Leader
  • Randy Rivera, BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc.
  • Jimmy Samartzis, United Airlines
  • Karen Schweickart, Outcome Health
  • Stacy Stutz, McKinsey & Company
  • Joe Taets, Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Cedric Thurman

Builders Board

  • Solomon Barnett, Citadel Securities
  • Annie Couyoumjian, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Eric Crowley, eSpark Learning
  • Richard Douglas, Themis Bar Review
  • David Grass, Weissbluth Pediatrics
  • Jaime Hitch, Quaker/Pepsico
  • DeJuan Lever, IMI Precision Engineering, 28 To Brush
  • David Schumacher, RelaDyne LLC
  • Kathleen Strand, McKinsey & Company
  • Jonathan Taylor, IMC Financial Markets

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

Executive Committee

    • Jason Batliner, Performance Trust Capital Partners, LLC, Volunteering
    • Michelle Baumann, IRI, Events
    • Jeremy Guterl, March Communication, Fundraising
    • Austin Haas, TouchCR, Awareness
    • Hannah Jones, Egg Strategy, Events
    • Sarah Lewis, Kendall College, Awareness
    • Elise O’Connor, MB Real Estate, Fundraising
    • Dan Singer, United, Events
    • Derek Skoog, PwC, Awareness
    • Ronnie Westmoreland, Northern Trust, Volunteering
    • Catie Wilber, Spark Foundry, Volunteering
    • Coety Wyse, The Competence Group, Fundraising
  • Annie Couyoumjian, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, President Emeritus
  • Paul Damato, Freelance Marketing, Vice President Emeritus


  • Orlando Aguirre, CBRE
  • Emily Allen, Mission Measurement
  • Mike Amofa, William Blair
  • Norma Amofa-Loza, Cook County State’s Attorney Office
  • Kevin Arrogante, Citadel LLC
  • Muhammad Azfar, Auctus Group, Inc.
  • Liz Barnett, Raise Marketplace
  • Gene Barrett, Deloitte
  • Jessica Bechtel, Pepsico/Quaker
  • Sebastian Bellm, PwC
  • Beatriz Beckwith, InContext Solution
  • Kevin Berliner, Millennium Health
  • Devin Booth
  • Maegen Boucher, Alliance Bernstein
  • Corey Bradford, City of Chicago Office of Inspector General
  • Jack Buehler,  Starcom USA
  • Bill Buhr, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • John Burgoyne, Mission Measurement
  • Stephanie Bylos, The Baby Box Company
  • Nicholette Cameron, Fifth Third Securities
  • Shreya Canakapalli, DiMeo, Schneider & Associates
  • Mike Carlson, Highbridge Principal Strategies
  • MacKenzie Christie, Grundfos
  • Annika Clutch, Storck USA
  • Andrew Cole, Arthur J. Gallagher
  • Tori Conway, mcgarrybowen
  • Ellen Dammrich, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Christopher Dardi, KPMG
  • Robert Dentamaro, Morton Grove Fire Department
  • Caroline DeWeirdt, Initiatives
  • Brian Dobmeier, United
  • Katie Doyle, Cass Junior High School, District 63
  • Jillian Duffy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Rachael Dula, Salesforce
  • Jubril Durijaiye, Northern Trust
  • Kiley Falcone, The Revel Group
  • Holton Faust, World’s Finest Chocolate
  • Matt Figueroa, Performance Trust Capital Partners
  • Brian Flanagan, PwC
  • Rachel Flanagan, Accenture
  • Dillon Flynn, Green City Market
  • Larry Fogel, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Hunter Foreman, JVM Realty Corp.
  • Catherine Fox, Prentice Women’s Hospital
  • Christopher Fry, Lockton Companies
  • Mauro Fuzetti, Marsh
  • Sebastian Garcia, GTCR
  • Emily Golan, RXBAR
  • Alex Gorniak, United
  • Steven Herrmann, Grenzebach Glier and Associates
  • Sam Hong, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Thomas Hughes, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Adam John, Octagon
  • Sarah Jonathan, StratEx Partners
  • Ashley Jordan, MB Real Estate
  • Brett Joseph, Uline
  • Dani Kaufman, Protivit
  • Elizabeth Kirby, Bain & Company
  • Steve Kim, Accenture
  • Anthony Knierim, Stridecick
  • Kelsey Lantz, Chicago Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery
  • Bill Lawrence, Sidley Austin
  • Alex Lee, PwC
  • Zach Lessem, Huron
  • Jordan Lewis, Daley Financial Partners
  • Margot Mache, Girls on the Run Chicago
  • Patrick Mahal, Antares Capital
  • Griffin Malcom, IRI Worldwide
  • Cale Mannesto, PwC
  • Joe Mark, OMD
  • Julia Marks, Northwestern University
  • Rick Marquardt, Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Matt Matosian, Arbor Investments
  • Nidhin Mattappally, Discover
  • Brian Mattoni, Priority Sports and Entertainment
  • Stephen McCormick, Northern Trust
  • Meghan McKeever, Rush University College of Nursing
  • David Mielcarek, Pepsico/Quaker
  • Ryan Miller, United
  • Ronald Milsap, Urban Partnership Bank
  • Dan Moriaty, Chicago Bulls
  • Ryan Movahed, RSM
  • Joy Nelson, YMCA
  • Katie Nestle, Allstate
  • Susan Nichols, William Blair
  • Kara Nitti, Advocate Health Care
  • Annie Nordholt, Evergreen Park School District 124
  • Jack Nordholt, Salesforce
  • Ryan Nugent, Centro
  • Liz O’Brien, Chicago Scholars
  • Matthew Otto, Apex Companies
  • Tom Osial, United
  • Brennan Ouellette, PepsiCo
  • Mike Perconte, Fooda
  • Brian Quirke, NERA Economic Consulting
  • Michael Quirke, Accenture
  • Patrick Quirke, Magnetar Capital
  • Joleen Ramos, COTG
  • John Reglin, ColorJar
  • Patrick Reilly, 120 Sports
  • Steven Resnik, Fifth Street Asset Management
  • Brittany Reynoso, Chicago Cubs
  • A.J. Riddell, Kellogg School of Management
  • Paul Rossman, PepsiCo
  • Elyse Ryan, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Shereen Sater, Conversant LLC
  • Kate Schnake, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Rusty Scott, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • Ryan Seager, Associated Agencies, Inc.
  • Kyle Smith, Kraft Heinz Company
  • Aaron Snyder, Group One Trading
  • Eric Sullivan, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Irene Sullivan, The University of Chicago Law
  • Sam Sustarich, CD Distributors
  • Ali Syverson, Allstate
  • Emily Taft, Optiver
  • Beth Talentowski, BMO Harris
  • Phil Terrazzino, TKK
  • Dan Thomann, Volunteer Immigrant Defense Advocates
  • Phillip Wadle, TerraLocke, Inc.
  • Jon Wagner, Groupon
  • Kate Walsh, Independent
  • Meg Whitty, Uptake
  • Alec Wise, Frontenac Company
  • Scott Wozencraft, Advocate Charitable Foundation
  • Haley Wrenn, MB Real Estate
  • Stacy Zabrin, William Blair

Student Board

  • Allyce Armstrong Loyola
  • Sarah Ashley Loyola
  • Madison Banas Loyola
  • Thomas Braun Latin
  • Annie Bredemann Loyola
  • Gracie Brett Loyola
  • Bella Broccolo Loyola
  • Sam Buck Loyola
  • Hannah Burgess Loyola
  • Claire Daffada Loyola
  • Cross Daffada Loyola
  • Lauren Daffada Loyola
  • Emilie Dawson Loyola
  • Annabel Doerr Walter Payton
  • Clare Eilers Loyola
  • Hannah Fortier North Shore Country Day
  • Nick Goschi Loyola
  • Kate Grass Loyola
  • Sean Hickey Loyola
  • Julian Hilpuesch Loyola
  • Anna Hirshman Glenbrook North
  • Georgie Hurst New Trier
  • Jackson Hurst New Trier
  • Caroline Iserloth New Trier
  • Hannah Karlson Loyola
  • Teddy Kamin New Trier
  • Carol Kavison Loyola
  • Grace Kennedy Loyola
  • Matthew Kirby Loyola
  • William Kirby New Trier
  • Taylor Kozloski Loyola
  • Andrew Kuhn New Trier
  • Adrien Lana New Trier
  • Maddie LeClercq Loyola
  • Emily Lindblad New Trier
  • Ben Lissner New Trier
  • Stephanie Lyman Loyola
  • Kelsey McGarvey Loyola
  • Luke Michels Loyola
  • Dylan Moore Walter Patyon
  • Matthew Moriarity Loyola
  • Colleen Murtagh Loyola
  • Hailey Nesci Loyola
  • Elizabeth Nichols Loyola
  • Thomas Nugent New Trier
  • William O’Connor North Shore Country Day
  • Bradley O’Connor North Shore Country Day
  • Gabby Parma Loyola
  • Ann Pigott New Trier
  • Brady Reichert Loyola
  • Kelly Reichert Loyola
  • Colin Reinhart New Trier
  • Samantha Roggekamp New Trier
  • Jonathan Ruiz University of Chicago Lab School
  • Matt Salter Loyola
  • Jimmy Stanton Loyola
  • Ben Street New Trier
  • Anna Trapp Loyola
  • Cam Walsh New Trier
  • Riley Walsh New Trier
  • Elizabeth Zidar Loyola


Sustaining Sponsors

  • IMC
  • Invest for Kids
  • J.R. Albert Foundation
  • William Blair & Company
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Cubs Care, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • Chicago Blackhawks Charities
  • Orlebeke Foundation
  • Target Corporation
  • The University of Chicago Medicine
  • Quest Foundation
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Storck USA LP
  • Children’s Care Foundation
  • The Kraft Heinz Company
  • Michael Lewis Company
  • Prince Charitable Trusts

Champion Partners

  • Solomon Barnett and Camila Salvisberg
  • Belvedere Trading
  • Chris Campbell
  • Citadel LLC
  • Kenilworth Union Church
  • Optiver
  • Morgan and Rob Parkinson
  • Kathy Pick
  • Cece and Tom Ricketts
  • Steele Family Foundation
  • Winslow Family

Impact Partners

  • Kit and Phil Blake
  • Sue and Jim Blomberg
  • Conversant, LLP
  • The Chaddick Foundation
  • Dayle Duchossois
  • Foundation for Health Enhancement
  • Guggenheim Partners
  • Helen Brach Foundation
  • Jutta and Ralf Hilpuesch
  • Major League Soccer
  • Nike Community Impact Fund
  • Northern Trust Charitable Trust
  • Rich S. Parisi
  • Pelino Charitable Foundation
  • Susan and Tom Pigott
  • John Joe Ricketts


  • Anonymous
  • Paul and Nancy Armstrong
  • Lisa & Dan Barry
  • Richard Batliner
  • Ellenna Berger
  • Bob Bernstein
  • Mary & Brad Bissell
  • Pamela Bless
  • Jim and Sue Blomberg
  • Michael Boyce
  • John & Kim Braeseke
  • David and Mary Madeleine Brett
  • Brittany and Eben Britton
  • Marc Brown
  • Kim & Nick Calamos
  • Andrew Campbell
  • Doug Carlson
  • Robert Chapman
  • Cindy & Peter Chelovich
  • Chris Cole
  • Bill & Cheryl Considine
  • James & Rita Crimmins
  • Laine & Martin Cobb
  • Michael Croke
  • Patrick Croke
  • Thom and Carol Dammrich
  • TJ Dammrich
  • Kittie & Bill Devers
  • Beth Dickstein and Brad Slavin
  • Peter & Lisa Doerr
  • Richard & Ellen Douglas
  • Jim & Susan Dower
  • Dayle Duchossois
  • Joni Duncan
  • Barry and Kathleen Dunn
  • Rochelle Edens
  • Dave Edington
  • Connie & Charlie Falcone
  • Julie & David Farina
  • Lauren & Kemmons Feldman
  • Timothy Flood
  • John and Joanne Fox
  • Alice & Jim Forrest
  • Helen & Kipp Friedli
  • Joshua Friess
  • Patrick & Anne Gallagher
  • Andrew and Katie Geant
  • General Iron Industries Charitable Foundation
  • Dan and Deb Gill
  • Christopher & ME Girgenti
  • Grainger
  • Grippo & Elden
  • Dalton Hastings
  • Daniel Hastings
  • Christina & Richard Heidrich
  • Maike & David Height
  • Helmer’s Helpers
  • Mair & Rich Hill
  • Jutta & Ralf Hilpuesch
  • Beth & Neil Hirshman
  • Adam Hitchcock
  • Tony and Cammie Hoban
  • Adam and Denise Hoeflich
  • Stephanie Hoit
  • Nancy & David Hyser
  • Bob and Phyllis Jaffee
  • Sue & Bill Johnson
  • Adrianne & Paul Johnson
  • Darrin and Michelle Jolas
  • Bryan and Debbie Keyt
  • 0John Koutoupis
  • Michael and Merrillee LePore
  • Daniel and Allyson Lewis
  • Jeanne and Michael Licata
  • LTS Chicago
  • Arjen Mackaay
  • Larry and Mary Mages
  • Dave & Rachel Mahoney
  • Jonathan Martinson
  • David and Leslie McGranahan
  • Michael and Sheila McGrew
  • Mary Dower & Eric Miller
  • Matthew and Sheila Miller
  • Sylvia & Constantine Mitsopoulos
  • Charles Mulaney
  • Jeannette Mullins
  • Dan Nudelman
  • Joe O’Connor
  • Matthew Otto and Marissa Strassel
  • Richard Parisi
  • Batra Paritosh
  • Bruce Pfaff
  • Kathy Pick
  • James & Heather Pigott
  • Sheila & John Pigott
  • Tom & Susan Pigott
  • Play for Life International
  • Mary & Barry Quirke
  • Joe and Marianne Quoyeser
  • Thomas Raines
  • Susan Rancourt
  • Geri & Ron Redd
  • Katy & Kurt Reichert
  • Laura & Michael Rice
  • Robertson-Ryan & Associates
  • Mimi & Ben Rodman
  • Jonathan and Piper Rothschild
  • Steven Roy
  • Gary and Maureen Sagui
  • Jimmy and Elizabeth Samartzis
  • Karen Schweickart
  • Darlene Vorachek & Clifford Shapiro
  • Roy Sharda
  • Michaela Sheehan
  • Brooke Skinner and Laura Ricketts
  • Gary and Nancy Strassel
  • Joseph Stratico
  • Rob and Stacy Stutz
  • Jonathan Taylor
  • The Boston Consulting Group, Inc
  • Joe and Margaret Tilson
  • Anand and Shivani Twells
  • Michael and Audrey Weishuhn
  • Wilmette Wings Soccer Club
  • William and Denise Wozencraft

Soccer Ball Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

All-Star Sponsors

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • J.R. Albert Foundation
  • Boeing
  • CBRE
  • Chicago Cubs- Cubs Care
  • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Hirshman Family
  • IMC
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Rachel & Dave Mahoney
  • Leslie & David McGranahan
  • Melissa & Jeff Miller
  • Northern Trust
  • The Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family
  • Foundation
  • J.B. & M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
  • The QBE Foundation
  • Storck USA LP
  • United Airlines
  • Katie & Jeff Woodman

Paddle Raise Sponsor

  • BMO Harris Bank

Goal Sponsors

  • Advocate Children’s Hospital
  • Ariel Investments
  • Batliner Family
  • Bear Construction
  • Nicole & Dave Berger
  • Chapman Spignola LLP
  • The Competence Group
  • Constellation Brands
  • Direct Food Service
  • Ellen & Richard Douglas
  • Dower Family
  • ME & Chris Girgenti
  • Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Sarah Kammerer & Adam Hitchcock
  • Limelight
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • National Student Leadership Conference
  • Nest
  • Optiver
  • Polsinelli
  • Quaker Oats
  • Reed Smith
  • Sheehan, Dammrich, and Fox Families
  • Skender Foudnation
  • Themis Bar Review
  • University of Chicago Medicine
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Wozencraft Family

Trophy Sponsors

  • AbelsonTaylor
  • Bansley & Kiener
  • Katherine & John Buehler
  • Edward A. Anderson
  • Exelon
  • Jutta & Ralf Hilpuesch
  • Mawi Learning
  • Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • Stacy & Rob Stutz
  • In Kind Sponsors
  • Beam Suntory
  • Chicago Indoor Sports
  • Constellation Brands
  • The Cubby Bear Chicago
  • DJ Freddy Phatz
  • Elemento L2
  • nnerWorkings
  • Lettuce Entertain You
  • Limelight
  • Optimus
  • The Revel Group
  • Sound Investment
  • Storck USA LP

In-Kind Sponsors

  • Beam Suntory
  • Chicago Indoor Sports
  • Constellation Brands
  • The Cubby Bear
  • DJ Freddy Phatz
  • Elemento L2
  • InnerWorkings
  • Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
  • Limelight
  • Optimus
  • Revel
  • Sound Investment
  • Storck
  • Bub City
  • Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
  • Mon Ami Gabi
  • RPM
  • Stella Barra Pizzeria
  • Summer House
  • Three Dots and a Dash

Work to Play Cup Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

  • Target

Team Sponsors

  • Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund
  • Cherecwich Family
  • CME 
  • Coffman Family
  • Dammrich Family
  • CTC Trading
  • Douthit Family
  • Fortier Family
  • GCM Grosvenor
  • Girgenti Family
  • Glew Family
  • IMC
  • JT
  • Julie & Steve Kaiser
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Hirshman Family
  • LGC Class of 2014
  • Loeb & Loeb
  • Long Grove Dental Studio
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Rachel & Dave Mahoney
  • MB Real Estate
  • Michael Lewis Company
  • National Student Leadership Conference
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Optiver
  • Pigott Family
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • Solomon Barnett
  • Storck USA
  • Stout
  • Jonathan Taylor
  • Themis Bar Review
  • United Airlines

In Kind Sponsors

  • Aramark
  • Chicago Park District
  • Flood Brothers

Corporate Challenge Cup Sponsors

Team Sponsors

  • Accenture
  • Balyasny Asset Management
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CBRE
  • CDW
  • Grainger
  • GTCR
  • IMC
  • JLL
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Limelight
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Northern Trust
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Optiver
  • PepsiCo
  • PwC
  • Raymond James
  • Storck
  • Stout
  • Traders League
  • United
  • William Blair

In Kind Sponsors

  • Chicago Park District
  • Constellation Brands
  • Limelight

Financial Archive


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

93% of expenses directly support our programs.

For the fiscal year ending July 31, 2016, Urban Initiatives had:

  • Total income: $3,435,262
  • Total program expenses:$2,766,645
  • Total fund raising expenses:$188,779
  • Total administrative expenses:$240,007
  • End of year net assets:$3,195,431