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Former Bears Player and AmeriCorps Volunteer Spark Fruitful Friendship

When Nikko Ross arrived at Ignite, a Young Leaders United fundraiser benefiting United Way’s AmeriCorps volunteers, he anticipated a casual night of fun and celebration. Little did he know, a chat with a special guest would spark a rewarding friendship that will extend far beyond the party.During the night’s celebrations, the 22-year-old… Read more »

Cracking the Code to New Career Pathways

Only 29 percent of jobs in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields are currently held by people of color. It’s not a lack of interest in these fields that prevent minority students from entering the workforce, but rather a lack of access and awareness.But that’s changing for youth in the communities… Read more »

A Warm Welcome to Women United!

United Way of Metro Chicago’s Women’s Leadership Council is making a bold change... Welcome, Women United!United Way of Metro Chicago’s Women United will join a network of more than 70,000 female leaders in more than 165 communities across six countries. This transition will enable the members of United Way’s Women United to… Read more »

CAASE Attorneys Go Above and Beyond to Aid Sexual Assault Survivors

In the weeks following her 2014 kidnapping and brutal assault, Venesa Brakes was ill, homebound and rife with questions about how to move forward. Venesa, a South Side native, laid in bed calling local service providers, awaiting a connection to legal aid workers who would help her navigate the grueling, complex journey… Read more »