Programs that Focus on the Youth, Family and Community
Our prevention programs are developed specifically to help the kids and families in our community with their challenges, their goals, and their unique needs. Risk factors facing our community include substance abuse and violence, delinquency, gang involvement, and a myriad of family structure challenges, including extreme poverty.
ICAN understands the community’s immediate needs and has created research-based programs designed to reduce the risks that greatly influence their daily lives. Our programs are free, high-quality, and facilitated by devoted and qualified staff at our nationally accredited agency.
ICAN Youth Programs
“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future” – Nelson Mandela
ICAN welcomes 250 children after school every day, along with day-long programs throughout the summer. ICAN doesn’t just provide a safe place for kids to go, they focus on building character and strengthening life skills for these youth as they grow up. ICAN’s nationally-accredited program empowers youth to become productive, self-confident and responsible members of the community through four focus areas: Youth Development, Education, Healthy Lifestyles and Job Skills.
Every 26 seconds a child drops out of school
Transportation to ICAN is provided within a service area that includes 10 area schools. To learn how you can enroll your child at ICAN and to see a current schedule and more detailed information, Click here or En Espanol
Family & Parenting
Parent and family-related factors are among the strongest predictors of academic achievement in youth.
ICAN’s Family Programs encourage parents to explore and strengthen family values, family bonding, and positive parenting skills to decrease family conflict. Parent programs allow parents to explore their discipline options, methods of building a solid support system in their home, and their family’s communication strategies. ICAN also provides a free and nutritious dinner to participating families in the parenting program. Whatever you would have your children become, strive to exhibit in your own lives and conversation. – Lydia H. Sigourney
To find out more information about Family & Parenting Programs and how you can get involved, contact ICAN’s Family Programs Coordinator at (480) 874.7593 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn how you can attend ICAN’s Family & Parenting programs and to see a current schedule of activities, click here.
ICAN’s programs for teens inspire lifelong skills and friendships. ICAN gives teens a safe place to go after school that not only keeps them off the streets and out of trouble, but teaches them real-life skills that encourage academic success and career development. Teen programs include the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), who tackle teen alcohol and drug use through education and community outreach. Other programs, such as Youth Peer Leadership, foster community service and planning for the future.
50% of high school seniors reported that they drank alcohol in the past 30 days.
“You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.” – David Viscott
To learn more about ICAN’s teen program, including a current schedule and link to register, click here.
Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse
The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), founded by ICAN in 2005, is made up of Chandler youth, parents and city officials who work to educate the community about the dangers of substance abuse. Education, shoulder tappings, signage counting, and party patrol are all part of the CCYSA’s mission to reduce substance abuse among Chandler youth.
The CCYSA also works diligently to provide training resources for our community. Coalition members have created training opportunities with local schools, first responders, police officers, and the fire department. Teens and parents involved with ICAN and the Mayor’s Youth Commission carry out the essential social marketing and training activities that mobilize the community to take action against substance abuse.
Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.
For more information on attending a CCYSA meeting, becoming a member, or participating, visit the CCYSA website at http://www.ccysachandler.org/ or their Facebook
Hill Academy at ICAN
Formed as a partnership between the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) and ICAN as a satellite location for Chief Hill Learning Academy, Hill Academy at ICAN is a non-traditional school for students who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of high school. The school follows the CUSD schedule and uses a web-based curricula. School hours occur during the day at the ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center before ICAN’s regular after-school programming. Students are able to graduate from Hill Academy at ICAN and the school was formed to serve new students who have moved out of CUSD or dropped out of a CUSD school. The creation of the school was to help decrease the number of students who are classified as “dropped out” of CUSD in the 85225 zip code.
Programs, like Hill Academy, make graduation even more possible
More young people were completing high school. In 2005, 88 percent of young adults had finished high school compared with 84 percent in 1980.
For more information including enrollment, contact Jennifer Chandler at