WHAT WE DO

UCAN of Memphis is an in-school youth development organization that mentors students in middle and high school. We focus on boys and girls who have been affected by bullying, low self-esteem, and behavior issues. We provide a character education program with emphasizes on bullying prevention for middle school students and a career readiness program using common core standards for high school students

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Mentoring & Community Involvement

Young people who have been neglected and abused often live in neighborhoods and communities where every day their hopes are crushed by circumstances. They look at the world as an unfriendly and even hostile or violent adversary. They generally resign themselves to a lifetime of poverty, escapism by drugs and alcohol, unemployment and underemployment, gang participation and incarceration. Many drop out of school.

Mentoring is a successful and cost-effective intervention with an outstanding rate of success. For example, 95% of all youth mentored complete their high school education and 85% of students decreased student infraction. Become an in-school mentor today by dedicating one hour a week at our participating schools. 

Watch our video to learn more about Mentoring:


The Importance of Community Involvement:
UCAN understands the importance of young people volunteering in the community. Young people are increasingly seeking out opportunities to improve the world by volunteering their service to projects they deem to be important.

Consider the following data:

• Out of 13.3 million youth, 59.3% volunteer an average of 3.5 hours per week, versus 49% of the adult population volunteer an average of 4.2 hours.

Communities enjoy benefits far beyond the financial aspects when youth contribute to service projects. When youth volunteer, adults tend to volunteer also, resulting in a lifelong volunteer. The community gains a generation of young people who care about where they live and are willing to make a difference in the community.

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Bullying Awareness

Did you know 1 out of every 4 students (22%) report being bullied during the school year. 64 percent of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36 percent reported the bullying. More than half of bullying situations (57 percent) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied. School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%.

Invite us into your school, church or organization to conduct interactive workshops on bullying prevention and educate on identifying the signs of bullying.

Watch our video to learn more about the Anti Bullying Program:


Listen to our podcast on The Pulse


Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP)
We are an Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) incorporates what researchers and practitioners have identified as best practices in bullying prevention and intervention.

The OBPP is a comprehensive, school-wide program that involves the entire school community in the form of school-wide interventions, classroom activities, and individual interventions. To reduce bullying, it is important to change the climate of the school and the social norms with regard to bullying. It must become normative for staff and students to notice and respond when a child is bullied or left out. Since bullying is not the sole responsibility of any single individual at a school, it requires buy-in and efforts of everyone in the school environment—teachers, administrators, counselors, other non-teaching staff (such as bus drivers, nurses, school resource officers, custodians, cafeteria workers, and school librarians), parents, and students.

Collaborations:
Be the Change - Atlanta, Shelby County Schools
Pacer.org
Olweus Bullying Prevention Certified

Workforce Development

• Professional Attire
• Budgeting
• Resume and InterviewTechniques
• Career Planning

Watch our Video to about How to Prepare for an Interview


Invite us to your school or site to present our Job Readiness Program.

Collaborations:
Nucor Steel
Memphis Ambassador Program
Neighborhood Christan Center
Memphis Black Expo
Juvenile Court