Winnetka Youth Organization


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Mission Statement:

The mission of the Winnetka Youth Organization (WYO) is to foster individual development in junior high and high school youth in the North Shore by providing adult-to-youth mentoring, prevention services, and opportunities for leadership, citizenship, and, education within a safe, informal environment.  

Our Organization Objectives:


Provide a positive, safe environment where young people can be recognized as individuals


Engage youth in programs designed to develop leadership skills, enhance positive social skills and self-esteem, and advance constructive behavior patterns


Sponsor activities that promote cultural competency and understanding of others


Assist in meeting youth needs for friendship, status, safety, and adult mentoring


Offer programs and services that are positive alternatives to adolescent high risk behaviors


Facilitate cooperation and communication between the teen population and the community at large


Enlist the support of community members, agencies, and institutions to share financial and physical resources to strengthen service youth

Our Mission & Philosophy


The WYO Provides:


Social Service Projects


Music Events


Leadership Opportunities


Recreational & Educational Programs


A Safe After-School Hangout