KidsMatter EVENTS

Browse for a free event happening in our community.

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


KidsMatter is proud to support the Glenbard Parent Series

Tuesday, September 19 | 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

Volunteer Fair
Fort Hill Activity Center

Nonprofit organizations in Naperville and surrounding areas are encouraged to participate in this volunteer opportunity. We’re proud to help connect community members to local nonprofit volunteer openings!

Friday, October 20, 2023 | 6:00 PM

2023 EMPOWER Gala
The Matrix Club in Naperville

Join us for an evening celebrating KidsMatter’s mission of empowering youth to say “No” to destructive choices and “Yes” to endless possibilities. More information coming soon!

Wednesday, November 29 | 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Youth Service Awards
City Hall in Naperville

Cheer on the incredible youth who are recognized at this year’s Youth Service Awards. Students who exemplify strong leadership, passion, and love for their community are nominated and awarded at this event!

January 6, 2024

Community Job Fair
Fort Hill Activity Center

Bring your best self to potential employers across the DuPage County area. We will have many activities to participate in, such as mock interviews and an opportunity for experts to review your resume and provide feedback/helpful tips to help you land that next job!



On the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., join Linden Oaks Behavioral Health’s webinar series.

8/16/23 – Goodbye Summer, Hello Anxiety! Helpful Strategies to Transition Your Teen Back to School

9/20/23 – A Parent’s Guide to Mental Health Services

10/18/23 – How Do I Talk to My Teen About Traumatic Events?

11/15/23 – Building a Positive Body Image: It’s More Than Just How You Look

12/20/23 – Stress and Anxiety: What’s the Difference and How Do I Help My Teen With Both?

1/17/24 – Helpless with Homework? A Mental Wellness Approach to Getting It Done

2/21/24 – Scrolling Minds: Navigating the Impact of Social Media on Teen Mental Health

3/20/24 – Managing Your Teen’s Anger While Keeping Your Cool

4/17/24 – Navigating Your Emerging Older Teen / Younger Adult Towards Independence

5/15/24 – School’s Out for Summer: Maintaining Stability for Return to School

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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