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 prevention initiatives. Chicagoans 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.

The Problem:

200 Chicago youth ages 10 25 are killed by gunfire each year, with vastly disproportionate numbers of African-American and Hispanic children and teens killed.

Our Solution:

UCAN is working to address Chicago's violence epidemic in a comprehensive way.  UCAN treats the complex trauma experienced by Chicago's at-risk young people, while connecting them with caring adult mentors and employment opportunities. All Funds raised through the Polar Peace March will support UCAN's violence prevention programming in the underserved neighborhood of North Lawndale. 


Our Polar Peace March from the past two years  were huge successes! 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 45 years ago.

 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.


Help us reach our goal of $30,000

$75 raised so far,   $29,925 to go!


UCAN Success Stories


  • 500: There's been more than 500 gun homicides this year.
  • $2.5 billion: The cost of gun violence per year in our city.
  • $70,000:  The annual cost to incarcerate a youth in Illinois. 

*Sources: University of Chicago Crime Lab; Chicago Police Department 


UCAN is working to transform these statistics.  Learn more about the violence prevention programming and its impact

2015 Inaugural Polar Peace March 

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