Fifth Annual KidsMatter Benefit Concert to Feature
Select Young Performers From Throughout Naperville
The Annual KidsMatter Ignite the Nite Concert Salutes Champions
of 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.
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!
KidsMatter, the Naperville Police Department,
and the Naperville Park District Police
Host the 12th Annual 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.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org – District 204
email@example.com – 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.
The 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.
KidsMatter, in cooperation with the Naperville Police Department, Naperville 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
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!
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.