LGBTQA+ TEEN HALLOWEEN PARTY
Enjoy music, food, desserts, festive group games, and spooky films! Costumes are encouraged.
Entrance fee: $10
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: 3 PM – 7 PM
Friday: 3 PM – 9 PM
Saturday: Social Service Days
TEEN OF THE MOMENT
Austin Lyons, WYO Musician
Austin Lyons is a member of the bands Aerius and At Least We Tried, both of whom have regularly performed in concerts and Battle of the Bands at the WYO. He is also a member of the Music Committee, and has been instrumental in planning and executing several of the WYO’s most popular music events. When not playing music, Austin is a junior at New Trier High School and is starting up a game of Dungeons and Dragons with his friends.
Since performing at the WYO, Aerius has booked shows in several other venues in the Chicagoland area. We have enjoyed watching Austin and Aerius’s musical career take off, and we can’t wait to see more!
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
“When we were at the WYO and we played our first show, we got a lot of connections to cool people, cool venues, and made friends. So that’s really nice, and it kind of started us actually having shows, and not just playing around Wilmette. So that’s really cool. So thanks to the WYO and everybody involved!”Austin Lyons
Our Sponsors. We Thank You.
Winnetka Youth Organization
620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL. 60093