The creative included seven documentary videos along with photography, featuring inspiring young men and women from Chicago who received college scholarships. Over 350 UCAN board members, staff, supporters, local youth and civic leaders gathered at the Four Seasons Chicago for the celebration.
“AE Marketing put their all into creating a beautiful product that showcased our impressive, deserving scholarship winners and the important work of UCAN throughout Chicago’s most disadvantaged communities,” said Ann Kniola, Director of Development at UCAN. “We were grateful for their support in making our 20th Annual Youth Leadership Awards a great success.”
Scholarships winners included Gay Dut, Brion Williams, Jakarie Gates, and Evelyn Mondragon. A special award was presented to the John E. Rooney Dynamic Scholar of the Year, which is sponsored by the family of the late John E. Rooney, former CEO of U.S. Cellular. This year’s winner was Jamya Crayton.
“It was an honor to get to know each of this year’s Youth Leadership Awards recipients and bring their stories to life on screen,” said Director and Videographer, Charlie Fritschner. “One of the most fulfilling projects of my career.”