2018 State of the Kids Report 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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
Please Join Us for a Very Special
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
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
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!
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.
There is a $50 registration fee.
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.
Please click here to purchase tickets
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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.
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!
- 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.