Archive for Teens

For Teens at EPL – Dec. 29 & 30

altGuardians of the Galaxy

Tuesday, December 29, 2pm, The Loft, Main Library
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Sign up for a reminder or drop in.

Mario Cart 8 Tournament

altWednesday, December 30, 2-4 pm, the Loft, Main Library

Take on other Evanston teens in an epic MarioKart 8 tournament. Drop in, but first come first serve for tournament slots.

Managing Adolescent Stress and Anxiety – Mon. Dec. 7

ETHS AnxietyDear Parents and Guardians,

I am pleased to invite you to the first Welcome Center Parent Education Program of the 2015-16 school year, “Managing Adolescent Stress and Anxiety,” on Monday, December 7, 2015, at 7:00pm in the ETHS Welcome Center, Room E112.

The event will feature Danielle Black, Ph.D., David Hauser, Ph.D., and Brittney Bolden, MSMFT, three expert clinicians from The Family Institute at Northwestern University who specialize in treating teen stress and anxiety. They will each give a short presentation, and then lead a group discussion and Q&A.

The Welcome Center staff surveyed parents during parent-teacher conference sign-up about topics relevant to your student’s academic, social, and emotional needs. Teen stress/anxiety had the highest rate of interest, so this is where our parent education efforts will begin.

Taya Kinzie, Associate Principal of Student Services, and I will also be present to answer questions about services offered through ETHS to students coping with stress and anxiety.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, the event will be videotaped and posted on the Welcome Center Parent Programswebpage for later viewing. In the meantime, I encourage you to join me on December 7 for this informative and lively evening — it’s a great opportunity to meet other ETHS parents. I hope to see you there!

Marcus Campbell, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent/Principal

Create Your Own Comics at EPL – Sun. Nov. 15

altSunday, November 15, 4-5:30 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Local comic book artist, Zach Lehner will walk you through making your own comics, exposing you to simple tricks and techniques to make your story look amazing and fun! Plus he’ll talk about how he illustrated the awesome graphic novel Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, answer your questions and sign copies of his book! Books will be for sale at the event courtesy of our partner The Book Stall. Grades 6-12. Sign up for a reminder or drop in.

Incoming Freshman Info Night – Thurs. Nov. 12

Evanston Township High School invites prospective eighth grade students and their families to attend Incoming Freshman Information Night (IFIN). Information Night is designed for “Future Wildkits” to gather information and to learn more about the high school and the transition process.

Prospective students and their families will receive a brief overview of ETHS and the freshman transition calendar of important events, and have the opportunity to attend several targeted breakout sessions and activities:

  • Freshman curriculum
  • Private, parochial and home school transition
  • Mini-tours of the high school
  • Parent conversations
  • Student connections
  • Spanish-language resources hosted by the ETHS Latino Liaison
  • “Wildkit Welcome” meet & greet with the ETHS principal, administrators, and staff to ask questions or learn more about the high school experience

This event is open to all prospective District 65, private/parochial, or home school 8th grade students and their families. No pre-registration is required.

Hackstudio Mid-Season Sessions Start Nov. 9

Fall sports are ending and kids are ready for new goals.

Register for Mid-Season Sessions, November 9th -December 23rd, 2-hour sessions, MondayWednesday, with start times at 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 6:30 and 7:30.

MidSeason Start

Youth Job Fair – Thurs. Oct. 22


etc. Music School Fall Term Starts Soon

Private lessons begin for Fall Term ’15 on Sept. 8th, with ensemble classes starting that weekend, Saturday, Sept. 12th!

Private lessons available in voice, composition, piano and guitar.
Ensembles for students K-adult!

Come and experience whole-student-centered arts education, with an emphasis on teamwork and individual growth over competition in a safe, fun environment!

E-mail director Mike O’Mara at any time with questions at:!

Robotics Program for High School Students with Autism

Do you have a teenager on the Autism Spectrum? 

Thanks to a grant from the Special Kids Foundation and a robotics kit provided by the Service Club of Chicago, Have Dreams will offer a new Robotics Program with the goal of forming one of the first robotics teams in the United States made up of students on the autism spectrum. The Robotics Program team will compete in local tournaments such as the Illinois First Robotics Competition. The program is for high school students (ages 14-18 years old) who are at grade level in math and science. It will be held:

Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
September 21, 2015 – March 19, 2016
Have Dreams – Evanston: 2020 Dempster Street

Students will learn how to design, build, and program robots by applying real world math and science concepts. Additionally, students will develop problem solving, organizational and team building skills.

·  Maximum 10 students only  ̶ this program is expected to fill up quickly!
·  Must register for the entire program: September 21, 2015  ̶ March 19, 2016.
·  Cost: $1,450 for the entire session; payable in installments.

See flyer for more information HERE
Check out the other wonderful afterschool andSaturday programs at Have Dreams:

Register for Hackstudio

HackStudioWhy is it that some people seem to be able to achieve whatever they set out to do? Names like Steve Jobs, Taylor Swift and Sir Richard Branson come to mind. Talent? Genius? As Calvin Coolidge once said, “nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent… unrewarded genius is almost a proverb…”

Talent and genius are wonderful things to have but they’re not what make things happen. At Hackstudio, we believe the key to achieving your dreams is connection, and it starts with connecting with who you are.

We help you discover and align your identity, your purpose, and the courage to share yourself generously so you can achieve anything important to you. Our mission is to help kids connect with who they are so they can connect who they are with the world.

That’s who we are.

“Hackstudio is for ANY Kind of Kid.”

Remember, applications are online now. Please click to apply for Fall 2015.


C2 Education Ribbon Cutting – Thurs. June 25

C2Please join the Evanston Chamber, Mayor Tisdahl, the City of Evanston, and 3rd Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne for the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting of C2 Education!  C2 Education offers subject tutoring, test prep and educational support centers.  Come by at 4:00 for the ribbon cutting, which will be followed by a seminar comparing the new, harder SAT to the ACT.  Event festivities include snacks and a complimentary academic assessment for students.  View the full press release here.

Registration open for Youth Citizen Police Academy

Youth Police Academy

The Evanston Police Department is now accepting applications for the fourth annual Youth Citizen Police Academy, July 13 through 17. The free week-long program gives Evanston residents between the ages of 13 and 17 years the opportunity to learn about the issues affecting law enforcement efforts in the City of Evanston and how to develop a partnership with the police department.

Classes and discussions will take place Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are limited to 20 students. The interactive curriculum includes a tour of police headquarters, CSI practices, an overview of SWAT operations, class experiments and exercises in self-defense, and an explanation of use-of-force decision making. Students will also receive a jacket and diploma upon completion of the Academy.

The police department is selective in choosing participants due to the need for positive interaction with instructors and other students attending the Academy. However, it should be noted that the Academy is not a boot camp or a program for rebellious teens or youth who have behavioral issues.

The deadline to register is Friday, July 10. Download the printable application and drop it off at the Evanston Police Station, 1454 Elmwood Ave., or email it to upon completion.

For more information, please contact Academy Coordinator Officer Loyce Spells at 847-859-7843.

Curriculum summary

  • Police Station Tour
  • Alcohol and DUI Experiment/Traffic Enforcement
  • Patrol Operations
  • Juvenile Investigations/Youth Services
  • Crime Scene Investigations (CSI)/Evidence Technicians
  • Use of Force Laws and Shoot/Don’t Shoot Exercise
  • Gangs and Drugs Education Prevention
  • Police Survival Skills/Self-Defense
  • SWAT Operations
  • Police Encounters

Summer and After-school Employment Opportunities for Evanston Youth

Evanston youth age 16 years or older who are seeking summer or after-school employment are encouraged to contact the Youth Job Center. A variety of positions are still available.

The Youth Job Center provides job placement, paid internship opportunities, job-readiness training, educational assistance, and certification and licensing. The Center can also help youth with resume development, mock interviewing, skill-building activities, on-the-job-training and more. All services are free.

The Youth Job Center is located at 1114 Church St., in Evanston. For more information, visit or contact Renetta Porte at 847-864-5627 (ext. 10) or

Six Flags Great America is also hiring youth this summer. To apply, visit

Stuart Little @ ETHS – May 8 & 9

Freshmen and sophomore students at Evanston Township High School will present E.B. White’s classic story “Stuart Little” on May 8 at 4:00pm and May 9 at 7:00pm in the high school’s Little Theatre. Tickets are available at the door – $7 for adults; $ 1 for students on May 8 and for $5 for students on May 9.
The play, directed by Anne Lefkovitz, is based on the tale about a mouse named Stuart Little who is born into an ordinary sized human family. The production continues ETHS’s “frosh-soph” tradition of offering a children’s theater production for families each spring.
ETHS is located at 1600 Dodge Ave. The Little Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available in the front lot, directly across from the main entrance on Dodge Avenue, or in the rear lots (enter off Church or Lake Streets).

Parent-to-Parent Program – Tues. May 5

ETHSParentsEngagedTo all parents/guardians of current 8th graders and transfer students who will attend ETHS in the fall:
You are invited to attend the annual “Parent-to-Parent” program, sponsored by ETHS Parents Engaged.
It will be held on Tuesday, May 5 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Parent Welcome Center at ETHS, Room E112.
Parents/Guardians of next fall’s ETHS freshman will hear from and speak with parents of current students about high school life: Course options, extra-curriculars, social life, technology, college planning and more.
Experienced parents will be on hand to answer questions, including how to effectively use resources at ETHS and how to best navigate the high school years.
Bring your questions and get answers!
If you are a parent of a current ETHS student, please join us and share your knowledge.  Especially parents of current freshman.
Also, please invite parents of incoming freshman who are not yet on this listserve.
No reservations are necessary and refreshments will be served.
Thank you,
ETHS Parents Engaged

Free Comic Book Day – Sat. May 2

Evanston Public Library is giving away free comics on Saturday, May 2, in the Children’s Room, as long as they last, thanks to the generosity of local downtown comic store, Comix Revolution!


Just for Teens: Learn the ins and outs of the comics and graphic novel world with local graphic novelist, Zach Lehner.  Zach will be discussing the upcoming graphic novel that he illustrated, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, his drawing process and doing a hands on intro to drawing comics with attendees. Please register. Saturday, May 2, 4:30-6 pm, The Loft, Main Library Grades 6-12.

See all upcoming Loft programs for teens.

Latinos for Education – Weds. April 29

Latino Student Success is a concern of parents, students, elders and teachers. What are the solutions for addressing the achievement and opportunity gaps our Latino students’ experience?

Plan to attend the first meeting of Latinos for Education. Meet and learn from other Latinos about scholarships and other opportunities that promote Latino Student Success from pre-school through college. We welcome all Latinos to join us as we share our stories about education in America.

Light refreshments will be served. Food contributions are appreciated.

RSVP Today:

Weds. April 29, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Morton Civic Center, 2nd Floor-Room 2403
2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston,IL 60201


Pippin at ETHS – April 24 & 25, May 1 &2

Pippin“Pippin” brings circus magic to the ETHS main stage
Join in for a spectacular evening as Evanston Township High School presents the Tony award winning, Broadway musical “Pippin!” On April 24 & 25 and May 1& 2 at 7:30PM, 58 ETHS actor/singers, dancers, and gymnasts/acrobats will take the stage in the main auditorium, directed by Tom Sollers. Student circus artists and acrobats, in collaboration with the Evanston-based Actors Gymnasium and Chicago Flyhouse, will capture the magic of the big top. And, working with Choreographer, ETHS Alum, Broadway performer, and NYC resident, MenCa, the ETHS Pippin dance corps, will truly dazzle.
Beyond the circus motif, the musical story follows prince Pippin, the son of Charlemagne, on his quest for life’s meaning. You won’t want to miss what he discovers.
Reserved-seat tickets are $12 and available online at  (recommended). Tickets are also available at the ETHS box office starting at 7:00 each show night. Located at 1600 Dodge Ave., the ETHS main auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Parking is recommended in the lot on Dodge Ave., directly across from the auditorium entrance.

Curbing Youth Violence in Evanston – Thurs. April 23

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McGraw YMCA MetaMedia Center Ribbon Cutting – Sat. March 21

The McGaw YMCA launches its new MetaMedia center for young people with a grand opening day of workshops and activities for the entire family.

The March 21 event event is free and open to the entire community. Ribbon cutting and dedication at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets Now on Sale for Brillianteen – March 6-8

Tickets are now available for Brillianteen’s ‘Guys and Dolls’!

‘Guys and Dolls’ is Frank Loesser’s celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway!