The Winnetka Youth Organization is seeking a part-time Youth Advocate to:
- Serve as a mentor to our teen programs and drop-in center participants;
- Support our Program Director in planning, marketing, and facilitating programs;
- And assist with program evaluation, community outreach, marketing, and development for the organization.
We are looking to hire as soon as possible.
Spend two days building houses with Habitat for Humanity, while staying at a camping resort in Portage, Wisconsin! August 16-18, 2018.
Must be 16+ to participate!
TOTAL COST: $150 (includes transportation, cabin stay, and food!)
*Deadline to Register: August 6th
The mission of the Winnetka Youth Organization (WYO) is to foster individual development in junior high & high school youth in the North Shore by providing adult-to-youth mentoring, prevention services, opportunities for leadership, citizenship, and education within a safe, informal environment. Through our diverse positive youth development initiatives, we empower adolescents to become more active community members and leaders, while also giving them opportunities to develop confidence in their own talents and skills.
The WYO is not a substitute for parental guidance. We are a service to complement and support teens outside of their daily lives and we partner with parents as well as other community agencies to support a holistic approach to wellness. That means nurturing each youth’s individuality, assessing their strengths and weaknesses and building a base of support that they can lean on in times of crisis by:
- Providing a positive, safe environment where young people can be recognized as individuals
- Engaging youth in programs designed to develop leadership skills, enhance positive social skills and self-esteem, and advance constructive behavior patterns
- Sponsoring activities that promote cultural competency and understanding of others
- Assisting in meeting youth needs for friendship, status, safety, and adult mentoring
- Offering programs and services that are positive alternatives to adolescent high risk behaviors
- Facilitating cooperation and communication between the teen population & the community at large
- Enlisting the support of community members, agencies, and institutions to share financial and physical resources to strengthen service youth.
WE STRIVE TO HELP TEENS BE THEIR AUTHENTIC SELVES.
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WYO’s Teen Drop-In Center Hours
Monday – Thursday: 2 PM – 6 PM Friday: 3 PM – 9 PM Saturday: Social Service Days
TEEN OF THE MOMENT
Maggie Samson, Active Volunteer
Maggie has done amazing work volunteering with the WYO! As our new teen social media manager, she has helped us make our Instagram more engaging and entertaining than ever before. She has also recently joined our Youth Board, and is eager to continue to work with us when she returns from vacation in July. We have been so lucky to have Maggie’s strong work ethic, creativity, and positive energy in our lives and we are looking forward to seeing more of her. When not volunteering with us, Maggie is an active athlete, playing golf and lacrosse. She has won several golf trophies that she is very proud of. Maggie is about to enter her senior year, and will be graduating from New Trier in 2019!
Our Team Leaders help organize and guide our program to great heights
Board of Directors Chair
Youth Board President
What our teens think
“I had a great time during my interactions with the WYO. I am happy to be a part of this group. My first experience with the WYO is the house renovation. After that, I volunteered for the Kids Against Hunger event. To me, the WYO is a great place to make new friends, hang out with friends, practice problem-solving skills, and volunteer to do something for other people. I will keep participating in volunteer events in the future. The WYO is a place to have fun”Hope Pu
“I love being a part of Youth Board because it’s a fun way to give back to the community and is also rewarding to see the work we do paying off through the joy of other teens. What I gained through this experience with a position on a board is handling responsibility and practice bringing positivity to the community.”Renee Affinito
Our Sponsors. We Thank You.
Winnetka Youth Organization
620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL. 60093