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Urban Initiatives believes that play matters, and we can strengthen Chicago’s future with a foundation of social-emotional learning by building an enduring team of youth, coaches, families, schools, and communities.

Our innovative approach engages students and families from a young age and emphasizes social-emotional learning through play that students can take off of the field and into their classrooms, careers, and communities.

Our approach is to:

  • Invest in quality coaches
  • Enlist support from diverse networks of families, schools, and community members
  • Develop social-emotional learning through play
  • Use our network to help students build social capital