In 1969, the Winnetka Youth Organization was founded as a not-for-profit organization whose mission was to provide positive alternatives for local teens in New Trier Township.
For over 47 years, the WYO has provided a variety of programs, both recreational, educational, and service oriented. Informally known as “The YO”, the WYO is a place where teens can feel at home, meet new friends, and express individuality with their peers and WYO staff mentors.
For many teens, one of the biggest problems they face, at home and at school, is the feeling that no one understands them.
The WYO provides a place where they can have fun and be themselves in an accepting environment.
When more serious problems arise, the staff at The WYO works with parents and within our support network of trained professionals to refer young people to the appropriate community agencies.