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.

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.

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: – 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 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.

KidsMatter to Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria! @ Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Jun 12 @ 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 12 ◊ 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 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Naperville Central HS 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Neuqua Valley HS 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Metea Valley HS 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Neuqua Valley HS 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bella Dehmlow 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Naperville Central HS 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Waubonsie Valley HS 8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Waubonsie Valley HS 8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Special Youth Performances 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

*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 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

KidsMatter, the Naperville Police Department,
and the 
Naperville Park District Police
Host the 14th Annual Skaters’ Picnic

Last Fling Skaters' Picnic

Skaters of all ages and their families are invited to the 14th annual Skaters’ Picnic at the Centennial Beach Skate park in downtown Naperville on Saturday, September 2, 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 Ben Wiersum Sound Technology will provide live music and other highlights of the event include a doughnut eating contest and skateboard games.

Youth & Family Volunteer Fair @ Naperville Municipal Center
Oct 10 @ 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 10th 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, the Excel Club, 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 Naperville Area Humane Society. 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

Not for Profit Organization Registration Fee is $50.00

View the NCTV 2012 KidsMatter Volunteer Fair Report

FunMattersToo! @ Chicago Marriott Naperville
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Please save the date, Saturday, November 18, 2017 for dinner, cocktails, a silent auction and 50/50 raffles, and best of all – Dueling Pianos featuring Dario Radio Network! Please use the links below to become a sponsor of or purchase tickets to this great event. FunMattersToo is hosted by Team B2B and KidsMatter. Trust us it’s going to be a rocking good time!

Sponsorship Details

Purchase Tickets and Sponsorships


FunMattersToo is an adult event.