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Rebuilding YOUth CAN and Supporting Chicago’s Children

Chicago, IL – YOUth CAN in Chicago is an organization dedicated to promote academic success, entrepreneurial skills, and artistic talent for local children. In 1996, Mary Denson began helping a grandmother watch after her six grandchildren in the building of the previous DMI Information Processing Center. Once these kids began performing well in school, other parents and guardians wanted Mary to spend time with their kids as well. Shortly after, Mary started the organization which has successfully helped hundreds of school children learn important life skills and cultivate interests.

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AB Hardwood showed up for a wood delivery during our visit!

Because YOUth CAN is a non-profit organization that commits all of its resources towards helping its children, there is not much room in its budget for building repairs. Luckily, YOUth CAN was chosen by Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago as a candidate for its Give Back Day Program. Chad from Rebuilding Together has been working tirelessly to organize volunteers and corporations to get involved in this project. All of Chad’s efforts will come together on September 8th when the volunteers will show up for one intense day of repair work. Rebuilding Together is planning a complete remodel, from fixing the roof to repairing masonry to installing new floors. Sika is getting involved by donating a Sika Roofing system and a Sikafloor epoxy system, as well as employee volunteers. Sika will be working alongside other companies including Pro-Tech Roofing, Artlow Systems, AB Hardwood, CSR Roofing Contractors, Plastex, Gurtz Electric, OMG Roofing Products, VEKA, Atlas Roofing, Corco, and possibly others.

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Mary teaches kids to write and record their own music, while also learning about sound engineering.

Without having to worry about building repairs, YOUth CAN will continue to focus on its creative projects to teach children. Earlier this year, the kids designed their own T-Shirts using a computer program and a silk screen machine. After a fashion show the kids were able to sell their finished designs to learn about entrepreneurship. Recently, the teenagers interviewed the Senior Satellite Center next door to learn about peaceful conflict resolution. The teenagers will make a documentary using their interviews, and will make another one soon with veterans that meet at YOUth CAN once a month. Also, this year the 8 to 11 year olds made a CD about peace, after they each wrote and recorded a song. Due to the incredible selflessness of the employees at YOUth CAN, Rebuilding Together, and all of the companies volunteering these kids will continue to complete these inventive projects.

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