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: – District 204 – 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.

Registration has now closed. Please contact Bridget Hatch at for late registration options.

Hollywood Premiere Red Carpet Event @ Community Christian Church - Yellow Box
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Who will be the winners of the 2017 Digital Footprint Video Contest? It’s in your hands! Join School Districts 203 and 204, Mayor Chirico, and KidsMatter for a unique Hollywood Red Carpet Premiere event to celebrate all of the student videographers as we unveil the 14 finalist videos. You will determine the winning videos by live vote using your own mobile devices. The more friends and family you bring, the more votes your favorite video will receive. The top three grade level winners will receive cash prizes live on stage.  The top overall video will receive $500 for the respective school and a traveling trophy.

Click here to download the flyer.

Student Job Fair @ Residence Hall/Recreation Center at North Central College
Mar 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Need a Job? Get a Job! GET HIRED at the KidsMatter Student Job Fair!

The annual Job Fair is THE one-stop place for young people to find part time & seasonal jobs. The Fair provides job opportunities as well as mock interviews, resume workshops, and internship opportunities to prepare students for the workforce. Endorsed by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, this year’s Fair will have 50+ employers offering 1800  jobs!

Don’t miss this free opportunity to connect with a wide variety of employers from area businesses  who hire teens and young adults for part-time employment.

Each student who attends the Fair will receive a free Resource Booklet summarizing the opportunities available at each participating business along with their contact information.  The booklet also includes a section that provides tips and tactics students can refer to in order to increase their odds of securing a job.   It answers questions such as:

“How do I prepare for an interview?”

“Who should I use as a reference?”

“What qualities are employers looking for?”

Special On Site Opportunities to Prepare Students for the Workforce!

  • Mock Interview Station – Practice interview skills with business professionals!

  • Resume Building & Online Networking

  • Internship Opportunities

This event is FREE for all students and generally targets youth age 15-23 years of age.

KidsMatter wants to prepare you for the Job Fair so you are ready to meet your potential employers. Please keep in mind: you never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Click here to register your business to participate in the Student Job Fair.

The Executive Sponsor of the KidsMatter Student Job Fair is the DuPage Foundation.

For more information about this event, please contact Bridget Hatch, Marketing & Event Director, at or call 630-527-6562.

Ignite the Nite ~ A Dinner Theatre Cabaret for KidsMatter @ Elements on Water Street
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The stories of young people and the adults who support them will come to life on stage at this year’s “Ignite the Nite” fundraiser for KidsMatter in Naperville. The evening will honor Naperville police, fire and paramedic first responders and  Police Chief Bob Marshall and Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis. “Stories that Matter” a dinner theatre cabaret featuring a number of well-known adult community leaders and talented young performers sharing songs and stories will take place on Saturday evening, April 8 at Elements Events at the Hotel Indigo in Downtown Naperville.  The evening begins at 6 pm with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, the cabaret and after-show entertainment.  Tickets are $175 per person.  A limited number of tables of 10 may be reserved.