KidsMatter EVENTS

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


KidsMatter and
Glenbard Parent Series present:

Being T.H.E.R.E.: Five Ways to Actively Engage Young People

Shaun Derik, Live Life Well Week Speaker

Thursday February 18, 2021
7:00 pm

Details coming soon

Community Read — Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover, author in conversation with
Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens

Tuesday February 23, 2021
7:00 pm

Uplifting All Children to Cultivate Critical Wellness:
Race and Culture Matter — Black History Month Special Event

Dr. Tyrone Howard

Thursday February 25, 2021
7:00 pm

Details coming soon

Ignore It: Increase Parenting Satisfaction by
Selectively Looking the Other Way

Catherine Pearlman, PHD, LCSW

Tuesday March 2, 2021
7:00 pm

Ignore It: Increase Parenting Satisfaction by
Selectively Looking the Other Way

Catherine Pearlman, PHD, LCSW

Tuesday March 2, 2021
7:00 pm

Details coming soon

The Future of Careers and Education: Most Likely to Succeed

Heather E. McGown and panel

Tuesday March 9, 2021
7:00 pm

Your Turn: How to Be an Adult

Julie Lythcott-Harris

Tuesday March 16, 2021
7:00 pm

Details coming soon

KidsMatter presents
Mental Health Forum:

Family Matters

Dr. Laura Bokar

Wednesday March 10, 2021
7:00 pm

KidsMatter Stress Relief Care Bag Distribution

Ages PreK through High School. Free stress relief care bags will be distributed at Centennial Beach parking lot 1-4 pm

KidsMatter Community Job Fair

Fort Hill Activity Center Parking Lot – 20 Fort Hill Drive

Come and safely join us at our outdoor, socially distanced in-person Job Fair! All guidelines will be followed as you get the opportunity to meet with potential employers at this in person Job Fair event!

Saturday May 8, 2021
10:00am- 1:00pm


KidsMatter Distributing 1500 Stress Relief Care Bags
in the Community!

Thursday, March 11
1:00 – 4:00 pm

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.


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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