Ignite the Nite! @ Wentz Concert Hall
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fifth Annual KidsMatter Benefit Concert to Feature
Select Young Performers From Throughout Naperville

The Annual KidsMatter Ignite the Nite Concert Salutes Champions
Youth Mental and Behavioral Health
WGN Radio’s Steve Cochran to Host

The 2016 KidsMatter Ignite the Nite benefit concert will celebrate the talents and abilities of all Naperville youth and honor several organizations that support Youth Mental, Developmental and Behavioral Health in our community.  As a champion of the developmental assets that empower young people to be resilient, avoid high-risk behaviors and realize endless possibilities, KidsMatter is dedicated to offering programs and initiatives that support the emotional and physical health and safety of all Naperville Youth.  WGN radio personality and Naperville resident Steve Cochran will host the concert and VIP Dinner.

The annual concert, to be held Saturday April 16th at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, will feature over 100 talented Naperville area high-school-aged musicians, dancers and actors including a few acts presented by youth with mental, developmental or behavioral challenges.  “KidsMatter puts a great deal of effort into supporting mental and behavioral health among our youth, choosing this focus for the concert this year seemed like the natural next step,” says concert producer Deborah Newman.  “The goal of the concert is to highlight the work KidsMatter does to support youth and family resiliency in the face of challenges including stress and anxiety, drugs and alcohol, bullying and cyber media abuses and more.  We want to celebrate young folks’ ability to overcome these challenges and mental and developmental challenges as well. This concert is about triumph, expressed through the arts, and it’s guaranteed to be inspiring,” Newman says.

The event will also salute eight other Naperville area organizations dedicated to supporting youth mental, developmental and behavioral health, 360 Youth Services, Artful IMPACT!, The Education Center, GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley, Little Friends, Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital,  NAMI DuPage, Samaritan Interfaith Counseling, and Turning Pointe.  All of the organizations will be honored during the concert.

Lead sponsors returning this year are Presenting Sponsor the School of Performing Arts in Naperville and Reception/Dinner Sponsor Marquette Companies, developers of Water Street District, and Ryan Hill Realtors.  VIP ticket buyers will be treated to a pre-concert VIP jazz cocktail reception and a post concert Rainbow Room Jazz Cabaret Dinner featuring a performance by Chicago vocalist and recording artist Rose Colella.

General Admission concert tickets, VIP Cocktail and Concert Tickets, as well as VIP Cocktail, Concert and Dinner Tickets can be purchased through the North Central College box office by clicking here or by calling 630-637-SHOW.

KidsMatter to Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria! @ Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Jun 6 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Great Food * Live Entertainment * Great Cause

You’re invited to eat dinner at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria (downtown Naperville) and enjoy great musical performances by area youth.

Monday, June 6 ◊ 12-10 PM

Lou Malnati’s is supporting the youth of Naperville by generously donating 20% of their sales (both restaurant and take-out) to support KidsMatter’s goal of reducing at-risk behavior and building resilient kids who say No to destructive choices and Yes to endless possibilities!

While you eat Lou Malnati’s delicious deep dish pizza in downtown Naperville, you’ll also enjoy listening to live vocal performances by:


School of Performing Arts
Naperville Central High School
Waubonsie Valley High School
Metea Valley High School
Waubonsie Valley High School
Naperville North High School
Waubonsie Valley High School
Neuqua Valley High School
Special Youth Performances

*Groups and times may be subject to change.

If KidsMatter to you, join Lou’s as they support our community’s young people!

Last Fling Skaters’ Picnic @ Centennial Beach Skate Park
Sep 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

KidsMatter, the Naperville Police Department,
and the 
Naperville Park District Police
Host the 12th Annual Skaters’ Picnic

Last Fling Skaters' Picnic

Skaters of all ages and their families are invited to the 12th annual Skaters’ Picnic at the Centennial Beach Skate park in downtown Naperville on Saturday, September 3, from 11 am – 2 pm during the Jaycees’ Last Fling Celebration. This FREE event hosted by KidsMatter, the Naperville Police Department, and the Park District Police will provide skaters with a free lunch, a free raffle ticket for some amazing prizes, and a free t-shirt to the first 100 skaters. Character Skateboards will bring professional skaters to perform skate demonstrations and new this year is a safety clinic by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.  Ben Wiersum Sound Technology will provide live music and other highlights of the event include a doughnut eating contest, a Pies By Fasano pie eating competition, and skateboard games.

Your Digital Footprint Matters Video Contest
Sep 29 2016 @ 2:00 pm – Jan 20 2017 @ 5:00 pm


In an effort to increase awareness of responsible citizenship, KidsMatter has partnered together with School Districts 203 & 204, and the Naperville Police Department, to offer students the opportunity to participate in an anti cyber bullying video project.

The Digital Footprint Video Contest is designed to give students in Naperville School District 203 & Indian Prairie 204 the opportunity to submit student-created videos individually, or as a group, to help promote cyber-safety and combat electronic bullying. 

Upload the video to your Google Drive and share it with:

allan_davenport@ipsd.org – District 204

jhlavacek@naperville203.org – District 203

*Include your name, grade, school and contact info (email & phone)
You must complete the online
video submission form to be considered.

The submission deadline is January 20, 2017.

Winning Student Directors will receive:

1st Place Elementary School —$200.00
1st Place Jr. High/Middle School —$200.00
1st Place High School —$200.00

Additionally, the first place winner will receive a $500 grant for his/her school’s technology department.

All winners will receive the cash award along with trophies and pictures with the Mayor at the Hollywood Premiere Red Carpet Event at the Community Christian Church on February 28, 2017

Click here for more information and to view the contest rules.  Click here to complete the mandatory Video Submission Form. Click here to view examples of previous winning submissions.

Youth & Family Volunteer Fair @ Naperville Municipal Center
Oct 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

KidsMatter Volunteer FairThe annual Youth and Family Volunteer Fair for families and students will be held at the Naperville Municipal City Municipal Center located at 400 South Eagle Street on Tuesday, October 11th from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm. Local nonprofit agencies and organizations will be on hand to showcase their volunteer and advocacy opportunities, enabling students to find service venues that match their interests, major, career goals, and schedules. This free Fair is open to families and all students from area elementary, middle, high school, and colleges, and is an ideal opportunity for youth groups from faith communities, scout troops, and other youth organizations to choose their service projects.

Over 25 nonprofits who need youth volunteers to deliver their services will be participating in this year’s Fair. These are all locally based groups such as: the American Cancer Society, the DuPage Children’s Museum, Loaves and Fishes, 360 Youth Services, the Naperville Public Library, the Naperville Park District, Feed My Starving Children, Naper Settlement, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, the Morton Arboretum,  the Forest Preserve of Will County, and the YMCA. Each organization will have representatives on hand to discuss the exciting opportunities they have for both students and families to positively impact the lives of other people.

Register Your Agency or Organization

View the NCTV 2012 KidsMatter Volunteer Fair Report

Hands On Mobile Device Internet Safety Training for Parents and Kids @ Naperville Municipal Center
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


KidsMatter, in cooperation with the Naperville Police DepartmentNaperville School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204, will present an interactive wireless device safety workshop led by Naperville Police High Crimes Technology Unit Detective Rich Wistocki on Wednesday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Municipal Center. Bring your cell phones, tablets, and iPads for this hands on workshop to inform and equip yourself and your child about their hardware and software. This FREE program is geared to parents and their children in grades 3-8.

Southern Tide Naperville Signature Store Grand Opening Weekend to Benefit KidsMatter @ Southern Tide Naperville Signature Store
Nov 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Southern Tide Naperville Signature Store
Grand Opening Weekend to Benefit KidsMatter



We need all hands on deck to help us celebrate the Grand Opening Weekend of the  Southern Tide Naperville Signature Store at 120 Water Street in downtown Naperville. A portion of the grand opening weekend’s proceeds will be donated to KidsMatter – shop Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! 

Choices @ Naperville Municipal Center
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Choices @ Naperville Municipal Center | Naperville | Illinois | United States

Wednesday, November 9, at 7 PM
Naperville Municipal Center
400 South Eagle Street


The Choices we make impact our future.   Destructive choices that involve bullying, drugs, alcohol, and other negative behaviors lead to negative outcomes.  Constructive choices lead to a future filled with possibilities.  Come listen to the heart-felt testimonies of 2 young people and a parent who made choices they regret – and become inspired by the smart choices they are now making.  Choose to be informed.  Choose to know the facts.  Choose to make choices that lead to possibilities and a future that is hope-filled and not hopeless.

Join us on Wednesday, November 9, at 7 PM at the City Municipal Center where you will hear the personal choices our presenters regret and the choices they now celebrate.

The Choice is Yours.

FunMattersToo! @ Chicago Marriott Naperville
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Please save the date, Saturday, November 12, 2016 for dinner, cocktails, a silent auction, a wine pull, and a 50/50 raffle and best of all – Dueling Pianos featuring Dario Radio Network with special guest emcee Ray McGury! Please use the Eventbrite order forms below to become a sponsor of this great event, or to purchase tickets. FunMattersToo is  hosted by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Team B2B and KidsMatter. Trust us, it’s going to be a rocking good time!

Become a Sponsor

Purchase Tickets

2017 Student Job Fair – Business Registration @ North Central College
Jan 6 @ 8:00 am – Mar 20 @ 5:00 pm


Student Job Fair Business Registration Is Now Open!

If your business is looking for high school or college age part-time employees, register today to participate in the KidsMatter Student Job Fair on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in the Residence/Recreation Hall on the campus of North Central College.


It is an EASY and CONVENIENT WAY to recruit employees for LESS than the cost of a print ad!

It is WELL ATTENDED! Last year, approximately 1550 young people attended this Fair!

It is supported by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce!

“Thanks to groups like KidsMatter, Naperville is helping to connect students with potential employers for insight and experience. Last year alone over 1550 young people participated in the KidsMatter Job Fair and received first hand access to nearly 70 companies. This valuable interaction could not be more timely as we (the Chamber) focuses on Workforce Development. The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce supports the work KidsMatter does and encourages its members and community to become active in the 2017 Job Fair.”

Nicki Anderson, President and CEO
Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce

There are two registration options:
$125 Basic Registration
= Includes registration fee, table,
and Job Fair Booklet listing

$500 Sponsor Registration = Includes basic registration PLUS: Recognition in all print and social media releases, featured signage at the Fair, Kid-Friendly Business recognition on the KidsMatter site with a live link to your business, highlight in KidsMatter monthly newsletter distributed to 2000 area residents, featured on special school calendar for Districts 203 and 204, and inclusion in all of KidsMatter 2017 resource booklets.

Please click here to register. Regular registration closes on 03/04/17. Late Registration ends on 3/20/17.