Be a part of the WYO



The Winnetka Youth Organization thrives because of their devoted teen volunteers and passionate adults, who believe in giving back to others! Thank you to all of our weekly volunteers for helping us move towards our mission and having fun while doing it!

We are happy to provide proof of service and  letters of recommendation to share with others our experience with you during our volunteer opportunities. To be eligible for a letter of recommendation, you have to devote at minimum of 15 volunteer hours with the organization and remain in good standing.

For Teens

  • Weekly community service opportunities offered on Saturdays
  • Assist with monthly youth concerts and gain experience in event planning
  • Youth Board
  • A year-long commitment that requires regular attendance to 2 youth board meetings per month, in addition to attending outside community service or WYO programs at least 1-2 times a month.
  • Senior project

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Board of Directors
3-year commitment that requires regular attendance to 1 board meeting a month, in addition to outside committee meetings and assist with fundraising efforts.

Alumni Association
2-year commitment to bring WYO alum together for annual networking and fundraising events, to support the generations to come.
Must be a WYO alum to hold a leadership position.

Event Volunteer
Assist with the monthly youth concerts, social service events/projects, and outreach events.
Provide support during fundraising preparation and events.


Professional Mentor
WYO is looking for successful leaders from an array of professional fields to come talk to our Youth Board and other teens at least 1-2 times per month.
Requires a submission of your CV/Resume to the Executive Director.

Marketing Volunteer
Looking for an adult with marketing experience to devote 5-7 hours a week updating and maintaining our brand on social media platforms.

Archive Volunteer
Help archive the WYO’s memories from the last 50 years and transfer them digitally to keep the WYO memories alive.

College Student Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Advocate Internship
We take on interns in the field of education, social work, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, communications, and other related fields. A commitment of at least 15 hours a week is required. There is a MSW supervisor on staff, as well as a secondary educator.

Youth Mentor
Gain experience in the field of social work, under the guidance of a MSW supervisor and learn how to build rapport with teens, maintain relationships with them and their families, and serve as a positive influence in their lives.

This volunteer role requires a minimum of 6 hours per week (which includes team meetings)

For a full description about these volunteer opportunities, please contact Christina Gikas, Executive Director at


Want to help out?

Your help is greatly appreciated

Donations are a great way to help the WYO provide our teens with educational programs, technology, and more. Your donation can be  easily made via PayPal. We thank you for your support.

Support the WYO!

Don’t miss one of the most popular parties on the North Shore! A beautifully catered event amid fabulous antiques, jewelry, and art. Buy a ticket to the Thurs. Nov. 1 Antiques + Modernism show Preview Party!

Here’s why: Proceeds benefit both the Winnetka Youth Organization and Winnetka Community House. A win/win! $30 of each ticket sold through the WYO goes directly to youth programming!

Tickets: $145/person. Purchase Deadline: October 26th

Checks must be made out to the Winnetka Youth Organization.

Drop checks off at: the Winnetka Postal Service Office – PO BOX 302, Winnetka, IL 60093 OR the Winnetka Youth Organization (during open hours).

Contact: Christina Gikas, Executive Director at or call (847) 446-0443 for questions.