Making a Difference
ICAN is a free, family-centered youth service in the East Valley providing a full complement of programs proven effective in equipping youth to achieve personal and academic success by tackling substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency.
ICAN goes beyond being just an after-school program for at-risk youth. ICAN works with youth on the critical skills they need to be productive and responsible members of the community.
8 out of 10 young people in the areas we serve are living in extreme poverty. Four of those children will go to bed hungry at night and eight will be using drugs or alcohol to cope with the harsh realities they face. Joining gangs becomes a more viable choice than graduation in the community we serve.
This is not an option for ICAN. We exist to combat these issues and build strong futures for them and for our community.
Mission and History
ICAN’s mission is to provide free, comprehensive programs that empower youth to be productive, self-confident, and responsible members of the community.
1991 – ICAN Founded by Henry Salinas
1991-1997 – After school programs offered at local elementary and Jr. High schools
1997 – ICAN moves into its first permanent home on Washington St.
2001 – ICAN grows to serve 25-35 youth per day
2010—ICAN receives national accreditation, is serving over 150 youth per day
2012 – ICAN moves into its current home after a $5 million capital campaign. ICAN is now able to serve 250 youth per day