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

January 5 | 12 pm and 7 pm CST

You Are Not a “Bad Parent”
Presented by: Dr. Carla Naumburg

Have you ever felt ashamed of losing your temper when parenting gets tough? All caregivers hope for calm interactions with their children. But ‘losing it’ doesn’t equal bad parenting, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Join us and learn how to embrace a different story – one that not only gives parents a more accurate picture of what’s actually happening but also provides a road map for habit change.


January 7, 2023

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!

January 10 | 7 pm CST

The Varied Paths to 21st-Century Careers
Presented by: Dr. Paul Corona

A college degree, an associate degree, or a special certification are just a few of the options students have after graduation. Our experts will discuss anticipated changes in the workforce beyond the traditional path of a four-year college degree. Discover the skills to have in a fast-changing job market and how adolescents can best acquire those skills to secure satisfying employment. Moderating will be Dr. Paul L. Corona, Clinical Professor of Leadership in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Panel members include Kristine Fay, dean of business and allied technology at College of DuPage and a leader on the Board of Directors for Innovation DuPage; and Dr. Mark Presnell, the Executive Director of the Northwestern Career Advancement Center.


January 18 | 7 pm CST

Noonday Demon: An Anatomy of Depression
Presented by: Andrew Soloman

Feeling sad or depressed is a normal reaction to life’s challenges, but when intense feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, or worthlessness last for many days, there may be something more. Professor Andrew Solomon, the acclaimed author of “The Noonday Demon,” winner of the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, returns to GPS to eloquently describe the agony of depression,as well as the reasons for hope. Do not miss this very special event!


January 25 | 12 pm and 7 pm CST

Strategies to Foster Social Skills
Presented by: Michelle Garcia Winner

This globally recognized thought leader is here to assist students with communication challenges (including those with high-functioning autism and ADHD) to better understand themselves, navigate the social world, and foster relationships. Participants will learn practical strategies to help young people learn reciprocal communication skills to discover the impression they are making on others, and what they can do to make living in the increasingly complex social world more personally rewarding.



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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