What We Do
360 Youth Services provides life-changing services through prevention education, counseling and shelter. We believe that children, families and young adults already possess most of the tools they need to lead successful and fulfilling lives.
Our Counseling services are as varied as the issues that arise for those having difficulty at home, school, or in the community. Trained therapists provide a variety of professional counseling services for school-aged youth and families, as well as young adults. Educational groups for youth of all ages and their parents are also offered. Some issues addressed include depression, anxiety, grief, family conflict, life transitions, self-esteem and parenting. Specialized services for high-risk youth are also available.
Many insurance plans are accepted and special accommodations can be arranged
for families who are struggling financially.
The pressures on today’s youth are greater than any other previous generation. Mentors work with children or young adults, age 12-24 years old, many of whom currently live in one of 360 Youth Services’ housing programs. Wings (Women Involved iN Girls’ Success) is a special mentoring program that connects adult females with young girls, ages 12-17, empowering to feel stronger and more positive about themselves.
360 Youth Services is dedicated to substance abuse education and prevention services for students in school districts 203 & 204 and their parents. Through two highly recognized and applauded programs – The Power of Choice and Operation Snowball, staff teach and promote that when a community consistently supports its students’ healthy choices, the number of kids making good decisions about substance use actually increases.
When housing is uncertain, everything in a young person’s life seems seem to fall apart. At 360 Youth Services, housing and support services are provided to young adults, 18-24 years old, who were previously homeless, and teenage boys, 13-17 years old, who are unable to live with their families. Support services including life skills, budgeting, counseling, art therapy and more are provided.
360 Youth Services coordinated a group of community partners that provide a safe and respectful environment for professionals and community members to network on issues related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. For more information on this group, contact Carolyn Wahlskog at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-717-9408, ext. 113.
Mission and History
Our Mission is to provide life-changing services to youth through prevention education, counseling and shelter.
Our Vision is a community where all youth possess the necessary skills to successfully navigate life’s challenges.
Our History is rich and challenging. 360 Youth Services began in 1971 when a group of concerned parents, community, and religious leaders recognized the need for professional, youth-centered services in the Naperville community. They formed a council that eventually became a non-profit organization referred to as Naperville Community Outreach. In 2011, the organization changed its name to 360 Youth Services to better reflect its mission and vision.
Today, 360 Youth Services is a well-respected organization operating on an annual budget of approximately two million dollars and offering counseling, substance abuse prevention, and housing programs for youth. The organization helps over 6,000 persons and significantly impacts over 25,000 youth and their families in Naperville and the surrounding areas.
Board of Directors
President: David Braner, Nitel
Executive Vice President: John Norman, Design Resource Center
V.P. of Development: Steve Miranda, Hillshire Brands
V.P. of Marketing: Karl Sears, ConAgra Foods
Treasurer: Joe Vozar
Secretary: Dawn Kelsch
Immediate Past President: Glenn Weiss, Northern Trust
Nicki Anderson – Healthy Innovations, Oswald’s Pharmacy
Ann Bertino – Pellis Law Group, LLP
Rebecca Boyd-Obarski – Nagle & Obarski PC
Anthony Chirico – AG Real Estate Investors, LLC
Michael Connelly – IL. State Senate
Jerry Fey – Great American Insurance Group
Brenda Harter – Distinctive Interiors by Brenda, Inc.
Jennifer Jones – Small Smiles, Inc.
Debra Lellbach – Lellbach Builders
Peter Schubel – Edward Hospital
Margot Smith, MS, LMFT
Township Youth Services Director
Angela Michalak, MA, LCPC
Residential Programs Director
Debbie Carr, MS, CAADC
Karen Jarczyk, LSW, CSADP
At 360 Youth Services we take commitment to our mission, and to the donors who support that mission, very seriously. As such, we openly provide access to our financial records. For more information, you can download our most recent Financial Snapshot, or review our Annual Report.
If you have questions about our financial records or policies, please contact us.