Take a peaceful stand against violence in Chicago on January 15th. March with us on our 3rd annual Polar Peace March.

The march benefits UCAN and its Violence Intervention and Prevention Services. We will march in solidarity with those especially youth who experience violence and its trauma throughout Chicago. This family-friendly event honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. welcomes adults and children of all ages.

Our Mission:

Our community is working with UCAN to address Chicago's violence epidemic in a comprehensive way.  UCAN's Violence Intervention and Prevention Services empower young people to create life-changing opportunities that ensure safer futures.  We work with schools and other community partnerships to build resilience, influence behavior and reinforce learning opportunities for avoiding the pitfalls of violence. UCAN seeks to address our city's violence crisis through a unique approach known as the Peace Hub, which coordinates programs and services across providers, providing data integration and common evaluation methodology.  Further, UCAN recently made an exciting move to a new campus in North Lawndale, allowing them to better provide youth with a safe place to mend, learn and grow.

Our efforts have been hugely successful the past two years!  Hundreds of participants marched to express that it is time to Stop the Violence and #StartTheLove, raising over $89,000 to prevent youth violence in Chicago!   

2015 Marchers

2017 Sponsors: 

NBC5 Chicago  
St.Pauls United Church of Christ is the host of the 2017 Polar Peace March!  To learn more about St. Pauls, click here.
  Learn how St. Pauls began the Ucan program over 145 years ago.


Help us reach our goal of $30,000

$44,383 raised so far,   CONGRATULATIONS!


UCAN Success Stories

Here are just a few ways your donation can benefit a youth in need:

  • $50 can supply a youth with luggage for their move when entering care
  • $100 can supply a youth with a monthly transportation card
  • $250 can fund a summer camp or art therapy experience in Lake Geneva
  • $500 can provide a summer job for young adults who are ready to work
  • $1,000 can fund a group of 10 youth in a development group in North Lawndale
  • $2,500 can enroll a deserving youth into UCAN's 8-week leadership program
  • $5,000 can provide one youth a year of one-on-one mentoring in North Lawndale  

Learn more about UCAN's success stories and outcomes below:

UCAN's Progressive Approach to Violence Prevention

UCAN Featured on ABC

UCAN's VP of Violence Intervention and Prevention Radio Feature

The Polar Peace March is presented by ucana 501©(3) not-for-profit corporation (ID 36-2167937). As such, your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and may be eligible for a matching contribution from your employer.

This is a SWEET fundraising site by Blue Sky Collaborative