KidsMatter EVENTS

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

UPCOMING FREE PUBLIC EVENTS

KidsMatter is proud to support the Glenbard Parent Series

Thursday, August 18 | 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Executive Functioning Skills for Success: Organizing, Prioritizing, and Planning
Sarah Ward

Tuesday, August 23 | 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child’s Potential
Dana Suskind, MD

Thursday, August 25 | 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Discovering the Best College Fit at the Best Price — Financial Aid Workshop
Frank Palmasani

Tuesday, August 30 | 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.

The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward
Dan Pink in conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims

Wednesday, September 7 | 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.

The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives and Where We Go Now
Anya Kamenetz

Thursday, September 8 | 6:00 to 7:30 P.M.

Celebrating Your Student’s Success
Dr. Dwayne Williams and Ava Blalark

Wednesday, September 14 | 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Fall Community Read: War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World
Dr. Jamil Zaki

Wednesday, September 21 | 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. and 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.

More Than Moody: Suicide, Let’s Talk About It — SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH EVENT
Harold Koplewicz, M.D.

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! 

PAST EVENT

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 sherilyn@kidsmatter2us.org 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.

ON DEMAND PAST EVENTS

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

YOUTH SERVICE AWARDS

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.

#DIGITALLEADERS

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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DIFFERENT makes an IMPACT

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