KidsMatter EVENTS

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


Wednesday, November 17 at noon and 7 P.M.

What Do You Say: How to Talk to Kids to Build Stress Tolerance, Motivation and a Happy Home
Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson

Link to the noon event:
Link to the 7 PM event: 

Thursday, November 18 at 7 P.M.

Habits that Form Healthy Relationships – Progam in Spanish
Dr. Ferney Ramirez

*Link to come*

Wednesday, December 1 at noon and 7 P.M.

Positive Thinking for Teens: Tools to Improve Mood, Build Self-Esteem and Motivation
Katie Hurley

*Link to come*

Thursday, December 2, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

KidsMatter Volunteer Fair (In-Person)
Fort Hill Activity Center in Naperville
Come by to learn about the many different kinds of volunteer opportunities in our community!

Thursday, December 2 at 7 P.M.

Find Your Future at College Night with Distinguished Panel
Presented in English & Spanish
Host by the Equity and Inclusion Committee and in partnership with the Equity Student Achievement Committee

*Link to come*

Tuesday, December 7 at 7 P.M.

Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond
Linda Dentworth

*Link to come*

Thursday, December 16 at 7 P.M.

Practical Parent Tools for Challenging Times – Program in Spanish
Dr. Ferney Ramirez

*Link to come*

Wednesday, January 2 at 7 P.M.

Cultivating Genius and Joy: An Equity Framework to Ensure All Children Thrive
Dr. Gholdy Muhammad

*Link to come*

Wednesday, January 19 at noon and 7 P.M.

13 Things Mentally Strong Kids Do
Amy Morin

*Link to come*

Wednesday, January 26 at 7 P.M.

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
David Epstein

*Link to come*

Wednesday, February 2 at 7 P.M.

Preparing to Achieve: Full Life Ahead
Dr. Michael Allen

*Link to come*


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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