RESPECTABLE – Register Here

RESPECTABLE is a leadership development group for 4th and 5th grade boys and will occur during the school year on Monday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:30PM at the UCAN Youth Center office in Lion’s Park.

  • Free Play and Competition
  • Five Minutes of Mindfulness
  • Guest Speakers
  • Reading and Writing Development
  • Snacks
  • RESPECTABLE Daily Challenge

Our Purpose:

To teach young men how to respect themselves and others and what takes to earn respect. To support them in being confident and successful students, team members and leaders who grow to become confident and successful citizens, partners, fathers and professionals. To help them develop into responsible men who make positive contributions to the world around them.

More information and volunteer opportunities here

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Chrysalis After-school Girls Group – Register Here 

UCAN is excited to partner with Chrysalis to provide girls in our neighborhood this great opportunity for after-school programming for girls in 4th & 5th grade! This program meets Thursday from 4-5:30pm when school is in session at UCAN’s Youth Center – Lions Park 4103 72nd St. in Urbandale.

Chrysalis After-School is the community’s leading program for girls ages 9 to 14 and for high school girls’ leadership development. Our emphasis on resilience, connectedness, self-confidence, and health includes volunteerism, academic support, leadership development, STEM engagement, financial literacy, and mentoring.

To understand what’s going on in the lives of adolescent girls, we involve them in all aspects of planning and implementation of Chrysalis After-School. Annual evaluations demonstrate the success of this strategy, as participant results report statistically higher changes (when compared with girls not in Chrysalis After-School programs) in the following areas:

  • intent to finish high school
  • ability to resist peer pressure
  • willingness to take responsibility for one’s actions
  • understanding that working hard today can lead to a successful future

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Jurene’s Dream Birthday Club

We feel every child deserves to be celebrated on their birthday and we don’t want it to be a burden financially for families in need who may already be struggling to put food on the table. Jurene’s Dream Birthday club provides a birthday package consisting of a cake mix, frosting, candles, balloons and a birthday gift to registered clients of UCAN.

To register click here.

To donate click here.

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United Teens

UCAN United Teens provides mentoring help to English Language Learner High School Students from Urbandale High school. This group consists of students from Bosnia, Guatemala, Burma, Vietnam, Mexico, Congo and more! Our students are supported by a dedicated group of volunteers once a week during the school year. The students receive help mastering the English language as well as completing job applications, homework help, understanding U.S. cultural norms, and a safe space to have fun with their peers while learning new things. We have baked cookies, painted pumpkins and even had a trip to Adventureland!

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Metro West Alternative High School

UCAN has been proud to support Urbandale School District’s Metro West Learning Academy for more than 6 years! This unique and wonderful school is an alternative program shared by six school districts: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Dallas Center-Grimes, Johnston, Saydel, Urbandale and Waukee. A large majority of students are on free & reduced lunch and need extra support.

UCAN helps many of the students with basic needs such as weekend food bags, personal care bags, holiday support and more. In addition, we provide quarterly incentives such as gift cards to restaurants and gift bags. One of our highlights each year is to host their graduation celebration!

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Winter Wear for Kids

We have been providing winter boots, snow pants and accessories to kids in need for more than 10 years. This program connects kids in need with community partners & sponsors and UCAN also holds specific fundraisers to purchase the items. Each child can request 2 items, but we cannot guarantee all requests will be met. To request a new coat, please contact your school.

Pre-registration is required: Register Here!

Client Registration Date: Closes October 3rd.

Event Date: Early November, Date TBD

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School Supplies

UCAN has been providing back-to-school supplies for children in the Urbandale school district in grades kindergarten through high school for 13 years.

Pre-registration is required. Register here.

Client Registration Date: July 1, 2022

Client Pick-Up Date: August 10, 2022

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Summer Food Distribution + Lunches

UCAN provides supplemental food at a variety of locations throughout Urbandale during the summer months when school is not in session.

Pre-registration is NOT required.  Visit us at Bristol Ridge Apartments on 86th St Tuesday and Thursday this summer starting at Noon! 

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Teacher Help

UCAN’s office is in walking distance of Urbandale High school and the new Olmsted elementary. We receive many requests from teachers and school district outreach workers for essential items for their students. We often provide personal care items, snacks, and try to fulfill any other needs. Last year we had a “cart of Sunshine” for the teachers at Jensen elementary, which serves many of out client families!