KidsMatter EVENTS

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Interested in hosting a KidsMatter event? Contact our events team to learn how.


KidsMatter is proud to support the Glenbard Parent Series

June 3 |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cavalcade of Planes
Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport

KidsMatter will be at this event and we hope you can join us!


June 4 |  12:00 – 4:00 pm

KidsMatter Games From Around the World at the Naperville Park District Kite Fly
Frontier Park | 3380 Cedar Glade Drive

KidsMatter presents Games From Around the World at the Naperville Park District Kite Fly event Sunday, June 4th.  We will be highlighting games from around the world to give young people and families the opportunity to get to know more about different parts of the world and their cultures through the games that children play.


June 5 |  11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Lou Malnati’s School’s Out Fundraising Day
Lou Malnati’s | Downtown Naperville

Come out to Lou Malnati’s all day on Monday, June 5th  for great pizza, entertainment by amazing student musicians, and to support KidsMatter!


June 6  |  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Teen Philanthroparty
College of DuPage Institutional Resource Center – Room 1020
425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL

Teens carry a lot around with them. More so than they let people see.
Take part in an interactive, energetic presentation to identify what we carry around in our backpacks (mentally and emotionally) and how to remove some of the weight so we can replace it with what brings us joy!


June 24 |  10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Naperville Woman’s Club Naperville Fine Art & Artisan Fair
Naper Settlement

KidsMatter loves to help out the Naperville Woman’s Club just as they continue to support our community! Stop by the Fine Art & Artisan Fair Saturday, June 24th between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm to experience art in all forms for all ages!



Self-Care Bag Distribution Success!

On Thursday, March 11th between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm KidsMatter will be in the parking lot of Centennial Beach (500 Jackson Avenue, Naperville) giving away 1500 Stress Relief Care Bags to kids ages preschool through high school! Bags include a coloring book designed by students! (age appropriate!) Also in the bags are crayons or colored pencils, a stress ball, Play-Doh, scratch art, and more! We know kids are going through a lot right now. This is a fun, free boost for kids of all ages! Come on over to Centennial Beach on Thursday March 11 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm and pick up a free care bag! Just drive through and we’ll hand you the bag or bags you need through your car window. You don’t even have to get out of your car. We’ll be masked and socially distanced, following all guidelines! Centennial Beach: 500 Jackson Ave, Naperville.

For more information or questions, please contact
Sherilyn Hebel, Director of Programs at KidsMatter or 630-864-3960.

Empowering kids to realize their purpose, know their value and find their pathway

KidsMatter works collaboratively with organizations and resources throughout the community, including mental health professionals, schools, public safety agencies, faith-based communities and local businesses. Our support and services impact roughly 45,000 youth throughout Will and DuPage counties.

As a prevention-based organization that focuses on the overall social, emotional and academic well-being of kids, KidsMatter provides programs and events focused on empowering youth and families with the tools to effectively manage the negative stressors of everyday life.


Communication 101 for Tweens & Teens (And Parents)

Dr. Catherine Newman

February 8, 2023

Erin's Law Discussion

Christina Maki and Nubia Guzman

November 8, 2021

Adolescent Mental Health in 2021

Unique Challenges and Strategies for Caregivers

Aaron Weiner

May 26, 2021

Educational Series: Keeping Our Kids Safe On Their Devices

Family Communication through COVID-19 and Stressful Times

Rich Wistocki

April 20, 2021

Educational Series: Family Matters

Family Communication through COVID-19 and Stressful Times

Christina Maki & Dr. Laura Bokar

March 10, 2021

Educational Series: E-Cigs, Vaping, and Marijuana

Dr. McBride

March 8, 2021

The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make

Ron Lieber

February 4, 2021

The Importance of Failure

KidsMatter welcomes Adam Russo to present “The Importance of Failure”. This Educational Series Event is a wonderful 40-minute virtual discussion about failure, and how we respond when it happens.

January 27, 2021
7:00-7:40 pm
Zoom Virtual Discussion

Educational Series: Common Genius Uncommon Destiny

This 40-minute virtual discussion with keynote speaker, Reggie Kee, is all about how “genius” is not just for a select few anymore!

November 11, 2020

Resilient University

KidsMatter welcomes Tom Klisiewicz to present “Resilient University”. Teaching Mindfulness, Mediation and other practical Scientifically supported Resiliency Strategies to reduce Stress, Perform at your Peak and Live Healthier, Happier Lives

September 30, 2020
7:00 – 7:40 pm CST

Educational Series: Road to Recovery

The Collaborative Youth Team hosted a conversation sponsored by KidsMatter on topics such as new social norms, self-care, physical wellness and COVID-19, mental wellness, social equity, social unrest, back to school norms, e-learning, and more with a handful of expert panelists in Naperville.

July 22, 2020


In Naperville, 25 youth are awarded a Youth Service Award by KidsMatter and are then honored by the City of Naperville Mayor and Council in an awards ceremony on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.


Nearly 400 students from 47 schools participate in a two-day event that empowers students to become #UPstanders and not bystranders.


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