ICAN was founded in 1991 by a concerned citizen in Chandler, AZ. Henry Salinas was a humble man who saw gang violence taking over his neighborhood and decided to do something about it. Henry’s initial investment of time and compassion to area teens has blossomed into a full-service youth center whose programs are still free to the community that Henry held so dear, and now impacts youth, teens and their families.
ICAN’s mission is to provide free, comprehensive programs that empower youth to be productive, self-confident, and responsible members of the community.
ICAN’s nationally-recognized out-of-school time prevention programming teaches vulnerable youth real-life skills including goal setting, positive decision-making and how to avoid the risky behaviors that are prevalent in the community ICAN serves. ICAN is unique because our programming is offered free of charge to remove the barriers that can prevent low income families from accessing needed services.