As a part of your community for over 40 years, Youth and Family Services is committed to programming that supports the emotional and mental health of children, parents and families. We provide parent education, after-school programs and high quality counseling services. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Upcoming events...

Warren Township Residents        Grades 6-8

One Fee ~ 3 Events Left

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Articles & Podcasts

Basketball, DJ, dodgeball,dancing, karaoke, pizza, hanging out with friends

Counseling Services
Services for families with children
birth to 17 and young adults 18-21

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Youth Services is very happy to host  the northern Lake County Children and Adults w/ Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Distorder meetings.​​

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Meeting at Youth Services

Gurnee & Park City

Programs for grades 6-12

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Social skills for youth

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Social skills for youth in grades 3-5 and 6-8

1 hour of social skills + 1 hour of challenging group activities
Grades 3-8 / Starting April 1

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February 12th
6:30-8 pm
​Viking School

Youth Mental Health First Aid​​

Great program for any concerned adult or professional   

Thursday, January 24th, 2019
8:30 am to 5 pm -- Lunch Included
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THE IMPORTANTANCE OF GRIT: Building Perseverance in Children

January 30th, 2019
7-8:30 pm
Youth Services

Free workshop for parents, educators, social worker
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Parenting in the Digital Age​​

February 12th
6:30-8 pm
Viking School

Presented by Tony DeMonte, Direction of Technology, Wilmette Schools          CLICK FOR MORE INFO

Skills for Academic Success   ​​

Week 1: Learning Styles and Reading for Speed
Week 2: Note Taking, Study Skills and Goal Setting
Week 3: Test-Taking Skills
Week 4: Project Planning and Time Management

Parenting the
        ADHD Child


Starts Feb 16th​​


4-week group starts 
                6:30-8 pm

        Childcare Available


Equestrian Services​​

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Anxious ~ Stressed ~ Depressed ~ Overwhelmed

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T)

A Evidence-Based Group for Teen who struggle to manage intense emotions. 

Starting February 21  ~    Grades 6-8                                                                        Facilitated by Cindy Cardenas, MA, LCP                                  Click to learn more

UNDERSTANDING DYSLEXIA: Presentation and Simulation

Great workshop for parents or anyone who works with youth to better understand dyslexia 

March, 3rd ~ 6:30-8 pm
Warren-Newport Public Library

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2 Parenting Groups...

Parenting the ADHD Child ~ Starting in February

Parenting the Anxious Child ~ Starting in April


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Presented by Univ. of Chicago socialogist Dr. Anna Mueller

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Gurnee & Park City Teen Centers

Teen Center Mission
To support local youth by providing a safe and supervised social environment that promotes skills for a healthy lifestyle. The Teen Center is a “drop in” program and the youth can attend and leave freely.

Youth entering grades 6-12 and must be a Warren Township resident or attending Districts 50, 56 or 121. Nominal annual fee— needs based scholarships are available.

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Do you need help for yourself or a friend?
Text  WTHelp to 844-823-5323
Text-A-Tip  is  24/7    365     Anonymous
Text-A-Tip is a crisis helpline that youth can use to communicate with a licensed clinician about concerns about themselves or a friend.
Download the Text-A-Tip App
Go to your App Store and download "Lake County Help"
Same Help, Easier Access

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View the Parent Handbook on Childhood and Adolescent Depression
Teen Depression Screening
Erika's Lighthouse offeres a self-report depression screener for teens who think they may have depression. For the tool or more info, please click button.
Many parents don't know the signs of depression. Erika's Lighthouse provides a great resource designed to help parents know what's going on with their child, find the right treatment, deal with the schools, negotiate insurance issues and other valuable tools.
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