Jacob Dancer III, AB’89, AM’04

Chicago, Illinois

Program Manager, Violence Intervention and Prevention Services Department

Jacob Dancer, LCSW, has been working in the field since 1991 and for UCAN since 1994. Currently, Dancer manages programming of UCAN’s violence intervention and prevention services department in the North Lawndale community. In this role, Dancer develops and coordinates a range of mentoring, youth leadership, and mental health and family-related services through engagement and collaboration with North Lawndale community organizations and various departments of UCAN.

Dancer actively works to address levels of violence in North Lawndale through supervising and administering a unit of assigned youth development coaches. The coaches direct, guide, and support youth in becoming more involved in outside-of-school activities such as counseling, employment, and recreation as well as working with youth on violence prevention skills (i.e., anger management, conflict resolution, life skills). Dancer also supervises and administers clinicians providing a wide range of therapeutic services to participants in community-based outpatient counseling settings.

Dancer plays an integral role in establishing and maintaining beneficial partnerships with community organizations in order to facilitate learning and growth opportunities for youth at risk for becoming victims of and/or committing crimes. Dancer drives these opportunities through training North Lawndale social service agencies to help them become model trauma-informed agencies.