KidsMatter: Helping youth say “yes” to endless possibilities
New grant funding from Edward-Elmhurst Health will enable the nonprofit organization KidsMatter to empower youth in two crucial ways: community-wide youth mental health services and career exploration.
These services are being supported through Edward-Elmhurst Health’s Community Investment Fund. In July 2022, Edward-Elmhurst Heath announced it had awarded $3,994,000 to 14 organizations across Cook, DuPage and Will Counties with the goal of advancing health equity and supporting local economic growth.
KidsMatter, originally known as the Naperville Youth Development Coalition, was founded out of Edward Hospital more than 20 years ago as a community-wide prevention health strategy to combat destructive teenage behaviors. The organization established an evidence-based model based on research that shows the more assets young people have, the more successful they are in life.
“KidsMatter was developed to help build resilient youth,” said Nina Menis, CEO and Executive Director of KidsMatter. “We help prevent young people from destructive choices and instead say ‘yes’ to endless possibilities.”
The organization is currently expanding its youth mental health services. Last year, community leaders became concerned about growing reports of suicide and suicidal ideation among youth in the community. In response, KidsMatter partnered with Linden Oaks Behavioral Health to hold Youth Mental Health First Aid training for both parents and youth.
KidsMatter Foundation, Inc. is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. KidsMatter Federal Identification Number (EIN) is 36-4448507. BRIDGE (Basic Registry of Identified Global Entities) number is 5570260059.