KidsMatter Junior Board
Our vision is to build social, moral and emotionally healthy peers through volunteer opportunities, giving Naperville’s kids a voice in the issues most relevant to them and organizing community efforts to generate solutions.

KidsMatter Junior High/Middle School Board
Our vision is to empower our junior high students to successfully manage stress by developing programming that provides recognition of the stressors that our junior hight students are facing and promotes positive choices.

Youth in Action Presentations
Motivational and interactive assembly and classroom presentations available for school groups (K-12) and community organizations to empower kids & families to build positive Assets, balance the stressors of everyday life, and learn to use their talents to serve others.

Building the Leader in You!
Teens are encouraged to join our Youth Leadership Team to help with KidsMatter’s events and programs, learn business and leadership skills and even design their own project.

Bridging the Gap
Seniors Matter too!  KidsMatter partners with DuPage Senior Citizens Council ( and other senior facilities to offer volunteer opportunities for youth of all ages and their families to assist our elderly population with crafts, games, computer technology, music or reading.  Other opportunities include delivering meals for Meals on Wheels or participating in Chore Days.

Teen Mentors Matter

This program encourages youth 13 and over to mentor a younger child in their own neighborhood. Teens find their own “little buddy” of the same gender, and KidsMatter provides a guideline packet. “Buddies” typically meet one hour a week throughout the school year right in their own homes to do homework, play outside, and enjoy indoor games and hobbies. The parents of the “buddies” must approve of the match since KidsMatter serves as a “connector” and does not monitor individual students during their mentor hours.