2021 Annual Report
It goes without saying that the past few years have been challenging for UCAN and our nation. As a multifaceted agency with a large programmatic footprint, we remain fully inspired working in collaboration with our program partners, funders, community-based organizations, elected officials, dedicated staff and Governing Board to pursue our vision that youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders.
We pivoted to provide uninterrupted support and opportunities for the youth and families we serve. We pressed forward in collaboration with our dedicated employees, Governing Board, supporters, community partners and countless individuals and organizations in our network.
Our COVID-19 Response
Our staff worked hard and smart to keep our youth safe and protected in an effort that was no small feat of sacrifice, persistence and collaboration. Our agency-wide response was culturally respectful and coordinated, including facilitating on-site COVID-19 testing and expediting vaccinations for staff at hospitals, clinics and other sites. We facilitated staff working remotely and safely in our offices. We provided personal protective equipment and created responsive, flexible work schedules to help them manage their personal and professional lives. We recognized their dedication with well-deserved bonuses and incentives.
Racial and Social Unrest
UCAN is elevating and accelerating its DEI initiatives in the wake of our nation's heightened awareness of racial injustice, systemic racism and because of our history in this work. We are switching the conversations from divisive language to unifying dialogue. With our clients and the larger community, we are continuously changing feelings of fear and anger to those of acceptance and understanding. We are addressing our nation’s race problem instead of it being just someone else’s and are well-positioned to lead other organizations in transformational DEI work through programming, intentional conversations, and training.