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

May 3-7

Stress Relief Care Packages
203 & 204 High Schools

Now that our Stress Relief Care bags are assembled, we need to distribute them. Please take part in this activity throughout Mental Health Week with us.

Sunday, June 5 | 10 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Kick-Off to Summer Kite Festival and Games from Around the World
Frontier Park in Naperville

Welcome summer fun with friends and family at this beloved kite festival. KidsMatter is proud to take part in this and offer an array of exciting games with the theme of “Around the World”. We hope you stop by and experience flying a kite!

Monday, June 6 | 11 A.M. to 10 P.M.

Schools Out at Lou Malnati’s
Lou Malnati’s Two Locations: Downtown Naperville & 95th St. in Naperville

Enjoy an evening out celebrating the close of a school year with delicious food, great company, and live entertainment from our talented youth!

Saturday, June 18 | 4:30 P.M to 11:00 P.M.

DuPage County Fairgrounds

Enjoy entertainment, activities, and tasty ribs from all over DuPage County!

Saturday, June 25-26 | 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Art Fair
Naper Settlement

Immerse yourself in unique and creative works by local artists and support them at this exciting art fair.

Monday, October 17 | 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.

Volunteer Fair
Fort Hill Activity Center

Come by to meet the incredible nonprofit organizations in your area and see how you can give your time, talents, and treasures to worthy causes!

Wednesday, November 30 | 5:30 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 2023 | Exact Date TBA

Job Fair
Location – TBA

Bring your best self to potential employers from all over 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! 


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.


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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