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YOUTH PROGRAMS AND GROUPS

All groups and workshops are available for both residents and non-residents (NR). Warren Township residents are welcome to apply for Needs-Based Scholarship if unable to afford the full fee. The group therapist may request a pre-interview prior to the start of the group and the family will be contacted in these cases. Please feel free to contact our office if you have specific questions about the group. All groups and workshops are held at Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St, Gurnee, IL 60031 unless specified otherwise.
 
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Need-based scholarships available for Township residents—847-244-1101 ext. *401. Some groups may require a pre-interview    .
Hard Copy registrations forms are available if needed. Please go to Registration Form.
 FRIENDSHIP GROUP— Social skills for youth    New Start Date                   
This popular group addresses the needs of children who wish to improve and develop their skills at making friends and communicating. In a fun and interactive environment, the children develop such skills as listening, conversing, compliments and introductions. This group is ideal for children who struggle with making friends or maintaining those relationships. Pre-interview may be requested.


Grades: 3-5 Day: W Starts: 10/18-12/13 Time: 5-6 Weeks: 8

Fee: $15R/$80 NR
Grades: 6-8 Day: W Dates: 10/18-12/13 Time: 6-7 Weeks: 8

Fee: $15R/$80 NR
Location: Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee

7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEENS— Skills for a lifetime of achievement
In a fun and interactive program, youth will be introduced to and challenged by the 7 Habits (Covey). This group is great for kids who are highly motivated or those with unlocked potential. The Certificate looks great on college/job applications. The staff have reworked the program to make it more engaging and shorter in length.


Grades: 6-8    Day: Th  Date: 10/5-12    Time: 6-7:30 pm  Weeks:
Grades: 9-12  Day: Th Date: 11/9-11/16 Time: 6-7:30 pm Weeks: 2                  Fee: $10/$25 NR  Location: Gurnee Teen Center, 17801 W. Washington St., Gurnee.

PRIDE YOUTH PROGRAM— For LGBT youth                               
Professional staff and volunteers from Angles, formerly North Shore Youth Health Services, facilitate an open support group at Youth Services. This is a support group, not therapy. For info— www.angles.org
Grades: 9-12  Day:Time: 6:30-8 pm Weeks: Open ended   
Fee: None   Location: Grayslake Library
 
 
ACTion GROUP— Group for Teens
This 8 group is designed to help teens who struggle with anxiety, depression, mild compulsion and impuslive behaviors. Evidence-based, the group is designed around the unique challenges faced by teens and their mental/emotional health challenges. The Acceptance and Committment Therapy approach encourages values-based decision making, emotional flexibility and fosters empowerment.  Mindfullness and relaxation skills will be practiced as part of the program. This group is good for those currently working with an individual therapist or those who are not involved in related services. All clients will meet with a therapist for a brief assessment or direct referral from a therapist. The group will be faciliated by Adam Krieger, LCSW, and Barb Adam, MA, CADC. Please direct questions to Adam Krieger at 847-244--1101 ext.*402.

Grades: 9-12    Da
y: Date: 10/10-12/5    Time: 6:15-7:30 pm  Weeks: 8
Fee: $15/$85 NR  Location: Gurnee Teen Center, 17801 W. Washington St., Gurn
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NEW PROGRAM

TEST TAKING AND STUDY SKILLS CLASS
Skills Training for Students  

Students will be introduced to skills and concepts regarding learning styles, note taking, study skills
for test taking strategies, project planning and time-management..

Class participants will…
  • Their learning style
  • Effective study skills that prepare for test taking
  • Project planning
  • Note taking styles
  • Test taking strategies

Debra Zegar, instructor, holds a Master’s of Science degree in Education from NIU, a Bachelor of Science degree from SIU, is STAR (Student Achievement in Reading) and TEL (Teaching English Language Learners) certified, and has 20 years of teaching experience; teaching academic enrichment programming including Test-Taking, Power Planning, Speed Reading, Study Skills, and ACT prep for Middle School and High School offerings at the College of Lake County.

Grades: 6-8   Day: S   Date: 10/14-21 Time: 9:30 am -12:30 pm  Weeks: Fee: $15/$30 NR
Grades: 9-12  Day: S   Date: 10/28-11/4 Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm  Weeks: Fee: $15/$30 NR

This class is only for students and not for parents.

NEW PROGRAMS

EXPERIENTIAL PROGRAMS
Experiential programs help children develop specific coping skills or new experiences. The focus is not recreational (although hopefully they have
fun) but real life learning. Because of the potential of injury and importance of group cohesion, the client must have the ability to activily participate in the activities and manage their behavior. These programs are often effective for youth in therapy, but may be beneficial to those not currently receiving other services. If you have any questions about the programs or if you child is an appropriate match, please contact Katy Padula, LCSW, at 847-244-1101 Ext. *410.

Challenge Course
Helps children learn to overcome fear and how to work as part of a team. This is an ideal program for children who may be timid and uncertain about trying new things, or struggles with mild anxiety.  These are some of the benefits of this program:
• Increased self-confidence
• Improved problem-solving abilities
• Effective communication skills
• Cooperation for effective teamwork
• Awareness of strengths and limitations
• Trust in yourself and others
• Coping skills for handling anxiety

In partnership with the Youth Services masters level clinical staff, the Team Challenge Course is facilitated by Northbrook Park District staff. The program is held at Meadowhill Park in Northbrook, IL.

Grades: 6-8   Day: S   Date: 10/7-14 Time: 8 am -1:30 pm  Weeks:Fee: $30/$60 NR
Grades: 9-12  Day: S   Date: 9/16-23 Time: 8 am-1:30 pm  Weeks: Fee: $30/$60 NR

Needs-based scholarships available for Township residents.

Activity Information
Your child will engage in 6 hours of Teams Challenge Course activities over 2 consecutive weekends.  This unique Team Challenge Course will progressively increase in difficulty over the 2 days.  In order to maximize group cohesion and success over challenges youth must be able to participate in both days.  The day will begin and end at the Gurnee Teen Center, where they will be transported to the Northbrook Park District in a Township vehicle.

Children who register for this program must be able to manage their behavior and be engaged in the activity. Any participant who is unable to manage their behavior and effectively participate may be removed from the program. Group cohesion and safety are essential, and behaviors that distract or take away from the experience are contraindicated.

Time: Leave: 8:00 am and Return 1:30 pm (return time may vary depending traffic and other variables)
Where: Participants will start and end day at Gurnee Teen Center. Youth Services will take care of all transportation to and from the activities. 
Lunch/Snacks: We will provide a cooler and ask that children be sent with a lunch, any snacks and beverages.
Weather: While it’s our preference to do the activities outside, much of the program will be shifted indoors in case of inclement weather.

Registration Due Dates:
  • 9/9/17 for September class
  • 9/30/17 for the October class

This is limited to only 12 youth per session.

Registration Information

1. Complete the online registration and send in Northbrook Waiver (click) as a PDF (youthservices@warrentownship.net) or fax to 847-244-0867. This method guarantees your child’s spot.
2. Complete Registration Form and mail in to Warren Township Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL. This method may not guarantee your spot if the program fills before we receive your application. Print Challenge Course Registration packet (click) .







Equestrian Program  

The staff at Youth Services are happy to announce the start of a new experiential program being offered to youth in our counseling services and teen centers.  This program will be facilitated by Katy Padula, LCSW and Youth Services staff.  The goal of the Experiential Therapy Program is to provide a safe fun environment to promote skills needed to foster individual coping, problem-solving, and personal leadership, through unique interactive activities.  Because horses are large, powerful animals, they can be particularly useful in representing big, life challenges and for helping people build confidence or overcome fears.  Youth will engage in mounted activity on horseback and grooming, while learning to better communicate, problem-solve and accomplish goals.  Youth will also learn relaxation and mindfulness skills by participating in Yoga and each day will end with processing their day. 

This activity will take place and be facilitated by the staff at Equestrian Connection in Lake Forest, with the assistance and participation of Youth Services clinical staff. Warren Township staff will transport and drop off at the Gurnee Teen Center.

Two Session, with Two Focuses:

Freedom Riders Group, Sept. 26 – Nov. 14: During this 8 week program participants will learn about themselves and other through horses.  By engaging in mounted and non-mounted activities with the horse and discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns.  This program is ideal for individuals who wish to better assert themselves, build confidence, learn to work cooperatively with peers and expand their social skills.  This activity is limited to only 10 youth.                                                     Grades: 6-9 (school year 2017-18)  Time: 5:15 pm -- 8:15 pm Registration Due: 9/12/17 


Horses for Healing Group, Nov. 28—Jan. 30 (2 weeks off over Christmas break): This program is largely focused on children who have experienced trauma or loss. During this 8 week program participants will learn about themselves and other through horses.  By engaging in mounted and non-mounted activities with the horse and discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns.  Participants will learn to overcome fear and build confidence.  Horses can teach self-awareness, honest communication, trust, healthy boundaries, leadership, patience, assertiveness, play, affection, nurturance and more.  They have the ability to mirror human body language and provide us with metapohors and lessons about ourselves to help facilitate change.  This program is ideal for individuals experiencing grief/loss, parental divorce, and T/trauma.                                          
Grades: 8-12 (school year 2017-18)    Time: 5:15 pm -- 8:15 pm Registration Due: 11/14/17

Activity Information
Fee: $140.00 (Scholarships may be available to Township residents based on financial need)/ Non Resident $180.00
Time: Leave from Gurnee Teen Center at 5:15 pm and return by 8:15 pm (return time may vary depending traffic and other variables)
Where: Participants will start and end day at Gurnee Teen Center. Youth Services will take care of all transportation to and from the activities.
Snacks: Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and something to drink.
Required Clothing: Participants must wear long pants and closed toe shoes.  Please bring bug spray and sun screen if needed. 

Registration Options:
1. Complete Equestrian Registration Packet and mail in to Warren Township Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL. This method may not guarantee your spot if the program fills before we receive your application
2 Complete the online registration and send in Equestrian Connection Waiver as a PDF (youthservices@warrentownship.net) or fax to 847-244-0867. This method guarantees your child’s spot.

 
Questions: Katy Padula at 847-244-1101 ext. *410