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About Us


What We Do

360 Youth Services provides life-changing services through substance abuse prevention education, counseling and housing.

We’ll help you navigate life’s challenges.

Counseling Programs

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.

Mentor Programs

The pressures on today’s youth are greater than any other previous generation. Mentors work with young adults who currently live in one of 360 Youth Services’ housing programs.

Prevention Programs

360 Youth Services is dedicated to helping youth make healthy choices and preventing youth substance use. Through highly recognized programs and initiatives – The Power of Choice, Youth Prevention Education, Naperville Operation Snowball, Positive Choices Positive Voices, Community Alliance for Prevention – 360 uses a variety of proven prevention strategies to best serve our mission and community in order to reduce youth substance use. 360 is funded by local, state and federal grantors to provide best practice substance abuse prevention for students and their parents in the geographic boundaries of the 203 & 204 school districts. These programs are supported through valuable partnerships with Naperville Community School District 203, Indian Prairie School District 204 and community partners.

Housing Programs

When housing is uncertain, everything in a young person’s life seems 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.

LGBTQ Collaborative

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 [email protected]  or call 331-215-7388, ext. 1168

Mission and History

Our Mission is to provide life-changing services to youth through substance abuse prevention education, counseling and housing.

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 offers substance abuse prevention education, counseling, and housing.  The organization serves youth and families in Naperville and the surrounding areas.

Board of Directors

President: Martin Ives, H.B. Taylor Co.

Treasurer: Mark McGrath, Ankura Consulting Group, LLC

Secretary: Ann Bertino, Pellis Law Group, LLP

Past President: Debra Lellbach, Lellbach Builders

Development Committee Chair: Oriana Van Someren

Marketing Committee Chair: Christine Peggau

Governance Committee Chair: Leonard Jones

Strategic Planning Chair: Alexander Harris, IAM | Development

Board Members:

Nancie ElShafei, Navitas Systems
Gary Graves, G2 Advisors
Danya Grunyk, Grunyk Family Law
Kevin Harris, Northwestern University
Jennifer Jones, Small Smiles
Dr. Sanjeeb Khatua, Edward Elmhurst Health
Dr. Manal Ibrahim LaVacca, Innovative Orthodontics Centers, PC
Bill Lange, Morgan Stanley
Peter Paolilli, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Franklin Rivera, V2M2 Group, Inc.
Dr. Kimberly Sluis, North Central College

Advisory Council

Nicki Anderson
Rebecca Boyd-Obarski
Dan Bridges
Tony Chirico
Mike Connelly
Jeff Egan
Peggy Frank
Kevin Gensler
Jeffrey Harris
Brenda Harter
Christine Jeffries
Dawn Kelsch
Ray Kinney
Robert Marshall
Ray McGury
Lou Petritz
Mike Reilly
Dr. Karen Sullivan
Ramona Ustian
Joe Vozar


Chief Executive Officer
Harley Jones

Executive Director of Housing
Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW

Director of Philanthropy
Sarah Tesch

Clinical Director
Margot Smith, MS, LMFT

Prevention Director
Karen Jarczyk, LSW, CSADP

Finance & Operations Director
Shari Johnson

Development Manager
Angelica Lopez

Special Events & Communications Coordinator
Sandy Kazenko

Financial Snapshot

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.

 360 Youth Services is a
GuideStar Exchange
Platinum Participant