2013 Initiatives launches Urban Take the Lead. As Urban Initiatives' participants grew older, there became a need for a program that served graduates of Work to Play. UI launched Take the Lead- a leadership development and high school readiness program- in 2013 to serve the students who were exemplary leaders in Work to Play. Take the Lead provides students opportunities to serve as Team Captains while learning leadership development and high school readiness skills through bi-monthly retreats and monthly discussions facilitated by UI staff members. Today Take the Lead serves over 200 participants.
2013 Urban Initiatives hosts first Work to Play Cup. The Work to Play Cup is Urban Initiatives' largest programming event of the school year. It is the capstone event of our program year that celebrates the dedication and hard work of our participants. This past year, over 1,300 youth participants were invited for a day that includes small-sided soccer, recess games and activities, an awards ceremony, and a dance party. In 2013, we hosted our first ever Work to Play Cup at the Midway Plaisance and it brought together over 1,000 participants, volunteers, staff, and family members. This fun day of soccer, fun, and friendship has become an annual highlight for our staff, volunteers, and participants.