United Communities to Advance our Neighborhoods, (UCAN) Inc.

"YOU CAN Change the World!"

Y O  U   C A N!

United Communities to Advance our Neighborhoods, (UCAN) Inc. is a not for profit community organization.  We seek to develop twenty-first century skills integrating curriculum with leadership and communications as identified with the Twenty-first Century Framework with special programming that can be fit within the school day or after school! Let us help as schools seek to prepare youth with Career and/or College Ready Skills! We promote Parent, Family and Community Engagement which can increase student achievement. 


                                        Founder: Bren Martin              

UCAN, Inc. offers workshops in:          
Personal Development
Job re-entry or Employability
Educational Support
The Arts & Multiculturalism
Leadership Skill Building
Youth & Senior Citizen Advocacy, and more!



UCAN, Inc. has offered after school club & summer camp events in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) as well as special events for other community organizations. We can create events to suit your needs and participants' interest. Visit our pages on Workshops, Social Studies, Bessie Rose, etc. for cultural/programming ideas and Speaker requests. scholarshipUCAN also offers Scholarships!

      If there is an art to better equipping our emerging leaders to excel, then together we can create a masterpiece, uniting one community at a time. 

"Our primary focus is local.  Our potential outreach is global."  

Below includes some actual photos from recent Rally at Capitol, Legislative Drug meeting at ACTC,  Town Hall on Education with new Kentucky Education Commissioner; First Family of U.S. Department of Education and Parent Liaison; National PTA presentation; then Ky Ed Commissioner Dr. Holliday and Next Generation Professionals Dir Michael Dailey; NBC Education Nation Parent Advocacy Panel; National Summit to Stop Violence with Congressional Black Caucus senators and Mother of slain teen Hidaya Pendleton in Chicago; Bren with Preschoolers on Read Aloud day in Russell; Grad Nation Summit w Co-Founder Alma Powell (along with Gen. Colin Powell) in Washington, DC; Presenter at National Black Family Conference (pic w renowned Keynote Michael Eric Dyson); Co-Presenters on Diversity at Kentucky PTA Convention;  Meeting with US Dept of Education team; Commissioners' meeting with Ashland Mayor Kelley and Sen. Sinnette; Election Training with Greenup Count








VISION Statement

  • To promote Youth Ownership and Youth/Adult Partnerships in schools and communities while engaging the arts, elderly and community in its own enrichment, health and peace.
  • To aid in feeding the hungry in selected areas and help confront challenges of homelessness.
  • To promote Healthier living and more responsible choices.

MISSION Statement

  • To supplement homes, schools and communities with personal skills, arts & opportunities.
  • To advocate for youth, special needs students, closing the gaps, and the arts.
  • To prevent/reduce alcohol, drug abuse and bullying by youth/young adults
  • To advocate for the homeless, hungry, mental health, and high quality education for all.