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.

Hollywood Premiere Red Carpet Event @ Community Christian Church - Yellow Box
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We received a record number of video submissions this year – who will be the winners of the 2018 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 12 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 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.

Ignite the Nite ~ A Dinner Theatre Cabaret Honoring IdaLynn Wenhold @ Hotel Arista
Apr 14 @ 5:45 pm – 11:00 pm

Please Join Us for a Very Special

Dinner Cabaret


featuring community leaders
and student performers
in an evening of inspiring
stories and songs

Saturday, April 14th
Cocktails 5:45 pm
Dinner and Show 7:00 pm
After Party 9:30 pm

Hotel Arista, Naperville

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

A limited number of rooms have been secured at the special rate of $109 per room
Please contact the Artista directly to reserve at 630.579.4100
Please reference KidsMatter Ignite the Nite

KidsMatter to Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria! @ Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Jun 11 @ 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 11 ◊ 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 vocal groups from
area high schools.

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

2018 Youth and Family Volunteer Fair @ Naperville Municipal Center
Oct 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

KidsMatter Volunteer Fair

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 9th 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 Alive Center. 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 Not for Profit Organization

There is a $50 registration fee.

FunMattersToo! @ Chicago Marriott Naperville
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Please save the date, Saturday, November 17, 2018 for dinner, cocktails, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle and best of all – Dueling Pianos featuring Dario Radio Network.

FunMattersToo is  hosted by Team B2B and KidsMatter. Trust us, it’s going to be a rocking good time.

(FunMattersToo is an adults only event)


FunMattersToo is an adult event.

2019 KidsMatter & Naperville Park District Job/Career Fair @ Fort Hill Activity Center
Jan 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

2019 KidsMatter and Naperville Park District Job Fair

Why Should Your Company Participate?

  • It is easy and convenient; you supply your company/contact information, we supply venue, table, chairs, booklet listing and attendees!
  • We market for you; the Job/Career Fair is promoted to all local high schools, community colleges and area colleges.
  • The Job/Career Fair is well attended by young people seeking employment opportunties.
  • Registration fee is a great value; just 1/4 of the cost of a one time 1/4 page print ad!
  • This year we’ve listened to our businesses’ suggestions and have enhanced our Fair. To attract more quality attendees we will be offering mock interviews, resume building, career coversations and more!

Registration Options:

  • Regular Registration is $125 and includes a 6 foot table, two chairs, and listig in the 2019 Student Job/Career Fair Booklet. (ends December Thursday December 13th)
  • Late Registration is $150 and includes a 6 foot table, two chairs, and listing in the 2019 Student Job/Career Fair Booklet. (inclusion in booklet is not guaranteed based on when you register. Ends 1/3/19)
  • Sponsor Registration is $500 and includes table and chairs, special event signage, a full page ad in our Fair Booklet, in all promotional and marketing materials and featured placement in all KidsMatter and Naperville Park District social media marketing.
2019 Digital Leader Summit
Feb 5 – Feb 6 all-day
Collaborative Youth Team (CYT) Mindfulness Matters Dinner @ Lou Malnati's
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Join the CYT for an unplugged meal of mindfulness at Lou Malnati’s in downtown Naperville from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2019.