Your Digital Footprint Matters Video Contest
Jun 1 2017 @ 2:00 pm – Jan 17 2018 @ 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 anti-cyber bullying/ responsible digital citizenship video contest.

The Your Digital Footprint Matters 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 17, 2018.

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 12, 2018.

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.

State of the Kids Community Report @ Naperville Municipal Center
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

2018 State of the Kids Reports on What Stresses Naperville Kids

 High level results of a survey administered voluntarily to Naperville School District 203 and 204 seventh and tenth graders will be presented to the public on Tuesday, January 30th at the State of the Kids Community Report in the  City Council Chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center at 7 pm. The Report will be presented by KidsMatter, the Naperville not-for-profit which sponsored the survey and will be open to the public.  A resource fair by organizations in the Collaborative Youth Team will be open at 6 pm, allowing attendees to talk with some 20 organizations who offer resources to youth and families in the community.  The study,  designed to measure what facets of their lives young people report contribute to their level of stress, was developed by KidsMatter in conjunction with professional faculty at North Central College and members of the professional mental health and educational community. The study was offered as part of KidsMatter’s ongoing efforts to quantify causes of destructive choices made by youth in the west suburban community.

“KidsMatter was founded in response to concerns that young people were engaging in risky behavior as reported by Edward Hospital’s emergency room,” says KidsMatter Executive Director IdaLynn Wenhold.  “As we see our youth continue to struggle with anxiety and depression, drug and alcohol use and suicide, we hope that with these results, we’ll see where we need to focus our resources. Now we’re guessing based on older studies and national statistics. By asking kids here and now, we can focus on Naperville and turn to the myriad experts we have in the community to help provide answers and support.”

The Myth of Normal – A Day with Shimi Kang, M.D. @ College of DuPage McAninch Center
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Understanding Anxiety, Depression & Addiction

There is no doubt that mental illnesses must be destigmatized and treated like physical illnesses. Thus, just as the physical symptoms of pain, weakness, or dysfunction must be evaluated for root causes, so too must the mental symptoms of anxiety, depression, and addiction.

However, even more than our physical body, our brains are exquisitely “neuroplastic” and ever changing, leading to the question: what is normal and what isn’t? In this fascinating talk, Dr. Kang will explain how the brain works, specifically looking at symptoms of anxiety, depression, and addiction as “signals” to produce greater change. Kang will also provide powerful, evidence-based communication and lifestyle “prescriptions” for health, happiness, and resilience.

Student Job Fair @ Residence Hall/Recreation Center at North Central College
Mar 20 @ 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 60+ 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.

For more information about this event, please contact Cindy Allara at Cindy@KidsMatter2us.org or call (630) 864-3960.