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The Power of Women to Make a Difference

Members of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Women's Leadership Council gather for an event addressing the impact women have on education in our community.   United Way has always believed in the power of women to create lasting community change. In 2010 Women's Leadership Councils have again given them reason to do so —… Read more »

United Way Announces Goal To Help 50,000 More Graduate

    Mayor Emanuel attends United Way's Education Initiative Breakfast On Friday, September 9, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) announced its goal to help 50,000 students graduate from high school over the next 10 years. United Way will begin this work with a $9.3 million regional investment in two laser-focused education strategies;… Read more »

Turning the Carnival into a Teachable Moment

Last week on the radio they talked to people who were one thing by day and another by night, for example: a CEO by day and a Hooters Girl by night. I could relate to the callers because what many people don't know about me is that: I'm a Senior Program Manager… Read more »

Comcast Newsmakers: Laura Thrall

We're so excited to share this Comcast Newsmakers interview with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago CEO Laura Thrall. Laura talks about United Way's new 10-year vision, LIVE UNITED 2020, and how we can work together to transform communities of greatest need throughout our region. Read more »

Mayor Emanuel’s First 100 Days Call for a Healthier Chicago

In his first 100 days, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to make a “Healthy Chicago." Commissioner of Health, Dr. Bechara Choucair presented highlights of the plan and described the role stakeholders can play to assist in implementing the goals and objectives of the initiative.     Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)… Read more »

YLS Member Spotlight: Laura Perez

How did you become involved with YLS? I joined after attending an Oktoberfest event with a friend. I was struck by how well the event was put together how welcoming everyone was. Had I not signed up, I would have regretted missing an opportunity to become more engaged and involved with my… Read more »

Chicago Career Tech: Stepping Stone for Job-Seeking Chicagoans

Crowded beaches, bustling street festivals, and packed patios across Chicago have been providing endless entertainment throughout the city's favored summer season. However, despite Chicago's sunny disposition, one unfortunate factor remains the same. As ABC News reported recently, the unemployment rate has risen to a staggering 9.1%. It is important to be reminded… Read more »

YLS “Movie and a Mission” Inspires Young Adults

By Richard Drieberg, YLS Issue Awareness Committee Member, Enterprise Valuation Group More than 40 people attended the event which featured a screening of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, the acclaimed 2010 documentary focusing on some of the failures of the American public education system. The documentary hones in on a number of public school… Read more »