Children

Organization Name
Address
1630 Sherman Avenue, Evanston IL
60201
Contact Person
Ask for manager on duty
Phone Number
847-424-0848
Description

Full service book store. Offers children’s storytime every Tuesday morning at 11:00 am.

Organization Name
Description

Troop 3 has served the community since 1915, and is proud to be a boy-led troop, where boys plan, lead, and participate, with guidance from experienced and invested adults.

Meetings are in the gym, 2636 Orrington Avenue, on Thursdays, 7:45-9:00 p.m. during the school year, with monthly weekend campouts, summer camp, and more.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Avenue, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Marcello Bondurant
Description

Chartered in 1926, Boy Scout Troop 924 is one of the oldest and largest troops in Evanston. Membership in Troop 24 is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 18, or to those boys and girls who are 10½ years old and have completed their fifth grade of school.

Meets Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at 2515 Central Park Ave (Northminster Presbyterian Church) just south of Central Street on Central Park Ave.

Contact Person
Alan Sanders
Phone Number
773-562-2925
Parent Organization
Description

Cub Scouts from Oakton Elementary School (Pack 916), Pope John XXIII School (Pack 918), Washington Elementary School (Pack 927) and Dawes Elementary School (Pack 932) join together for fun, service, learning and character-building activities.

Public Notes

Boys in grades 1-5. There are 2-3 den meetings per month and one monthly pack meeting for all age groups during the school year; one monthly pack activity takes place during the summer.

Address
P.O. Box 5530, Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Person
Steve Brown (stevebrownmail@gmail.com)
Phone Number
847-328-2656
Categories
Description

Nearly 60-year-old, all-volunteer organization, teaches Evanston’s young people the skills, values, and just plain fun of baseball and fast pitch softball. In addition to regular league play for ages 5-15, offers: Travel Baseball Teams, Travel Softball Teams, Lakeshore Feeder Baseball League and Buddy Baseball.

Public Notes

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Evanston-Baseball-and-Softball-Association/114876471868357

Organization Name
Address
2110 Warren St. Evanston, IL (main office)
60202
Contact Person
Gary Geiger, Artistic director
Phone Number
847-733-0814
Description

The Evanston Children’s Choir provides first-rate choral music education and performance opportunities for young people of all ages, ability levels and voice types, emphasizing multiculturalism, inclusion and accessibility, and musical excellence through positive reinforcement. Groups include the Concert Choir (advanced), Youth Chorale (beginner-intermediate), Family Choir (all ages and voice types, including adults), and Story Choir (elementary). All choirs practice at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Studio 107, Evanston, IL 60201, 847-448-8620. Tuition starts at $215 per semester, but families in need pay only the portion of the tuition which they can afford, on an honors system basis. No family is turned away for inability to pay.

Address
Family Focus Center, 2010 Dewey Ave. Evanston, IL,
60201
Contact Person
Seth D. Himrod, Director
Phone Number
847-372-2754
Categories
Description

Grass roots youth football and cheerleading organization, founded in 1994, is part of the Central Suburban Youth Football League, which is comprised of teams from the North Shore of Illinois.  Offers both tackle and flag football (see website for age/weight levels).  The goal is to teach fundamental football skills and philosophy to players between Kindergarten and eighth grades; maintains close ties with the ETHS Football coaching staff.

For cheerleading information (for students entering 1st through 8th grade), contact DarLisa Himrod, Director of Cheerleading, at jwcheer@gmail.com.

Public Notes

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Evanston-Jr-Wildkit-Football/118686021527892

Address
Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
847-448-8621
Fax
847-866-0319
Parent Organization
Description

Students in grades 7-12 write, perform and film book reviews for cable TV, and help plan the following: the Teen Summer Reading Game, book discussion groups, recommended reading lists, collection development, an anime/manga club, reader’s theatre and service projects. Members also meet with library staff and board members to plan teen services. New members are welcome.

Public Notes

The Teen Advisory Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 6pm – 7pm.

Organization Name
Address
P.O. Box 6476, Evanston, IL
60204-6476
Contact Person
Keya Graves
Phone Number
847-563-8428/312-685-0482
Description

Member of the Pop Warner Football organization, open to all players, ages 5-14 and girls, ages 5-14, interested in Cheerleading. Instructional levels: Tiny Mite, ages 5-7, Mighty Mite, ages,7-9. Competetive levels: division 3, ages 8-14. No tryouts required; mandatory play strictly enforced. Registration fee. Academic standards must be maintained in order to participate.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Evanston-Youth-Athletics-Association/100494796698473

Organization Name
Contact Person
Meredith Wine
Phone Number
847-492-1778
Description

Snowflake is a a fun-filled evening of large and small group activities for middle school students focusing on developing life skills to lead healthy lives. Snowflake is held once a year in Evanston at one of the five District Middle Schools.  It is on a Friday night, starting after school and lasting until about 10 pm.  Transportation is provided to the event from all the middle schools.

Public Notes

Co-sponsored by Peer Services, the Evanston Substance Abuse Council and School District 65.
Open to all Evanston residents in 6th-8th grade

Address
1701 Main St., Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Del Morris, EYHA Hockey Director
Phone Number
847 894 1521
Description

Provides Evanston youth 4 to 18 with a program of organized and supervised ice hockey at all levels of skill; house and travel teams; weekly practice and/or game sessions scheduled in September; practices and games at Robert Crown Community Center.

Address
2010 Dewey Avenue
Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Colette Allen, Center Director, Evanston
Phone Number
847-475-7570
Fax
847-475-7590
Parent Organization
Description

Offers family support programs, literacy programs and parenting programs, as well as vocational, health and social programs for pre-teens, teens and teen parents, and their adult families.
Family Advocacy Center provides comprehensive services and resources for families in need and specialized services are available for those families who are currently involved with DCFS and other child welfare agencies. Contact Vanessa Allen-Graves, 847-475-7570 x15.

Address
PO Box 5612, Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-840-6565
Fax
847-328-9012
Categories
Description

Sponsors youth basketball league for 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. Focus is on providing African-American youth with positive role models, teaching good sportsmanship, team play and value of education. The twenty-four team league consists of fourteen boys teams, eight girls teams and two cheerleading squads.

Address
650 N. Lakeview Pkwy., Vernon Hills, IL
60061-8116
Contact Person
Nancy Armstrong, Regional Community Director
Phone Number
847-573-0500, 224 207-9235
Fax
847-573-0400
Parent Organization
Description

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization. Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing.

Address
840 Dodge Ave, Evanston IL
60202
Contact Email
Phone Number
847.864.3721
Description

North Shore Senior Center’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program, which is operated and overseen by staff in our Niles Senior & Family Services Office, provides information and assistance for older adults who are raising young children.

Through this program, seniors can receive emotional support, parenting education, respite and financial counseling/assistance while they navigate the challenges of raising their grandchildren.

Participants meet monthly at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston. The meetings include a healthy meal and separate activities for the grandchildren, whose parents are absent for many reasons, including incarceration, addiction and mental health issues.

Case managers on staff at North Shore Senior Center’s Niles Senior & Family Services Office act as program facilitators. Guest speakers are often invited to address such topics as discipline, promoting educational achievement, teen dating and understanding social media.

Website Address
Address
Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association, 20 Danada Square West, Suite 289, Wheaton, IL 60189
60189
Contact Email
Phone Number
773-909-5940
Fax
866-941- 4544
Description

Non-profit organization which promotes and educates girls in the skill, knowledge, sportsmanship, and love of the sport of lacrosse. It was created to offer all girls the opportunity to learn and play lacrosse through its leagues, camps, and clinics in many communities throughout Chicagoland.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
518 Davis, Suite 211, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Betsy Clarke
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-864-1567
Description

The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) is a non-profit, statewide coalition of state and local organizations, advocacy groups, legal educators, practitioners, community service providers, and child advocates supported by private donations from foundations and individuals/entities.

JJI’s mission is to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinois by reducing reliance on confinement, enhancing fairness for all youth, and developing an adequate range of community-based resources.

Organization Name
Address
919 Monroe Street, Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Ann Covode, President
Phone Number
847-475-8089
Description

KIDS Global Network, Inc. uses the arts to improve the physical, educational and social circumstances of disadvantaged children at home and abroad.

Connecting Continents is a project that aims to bring students from two elementary schools together in the United States and South Africa. 5th grade students at Oakton Elementary School in the Chicago area are corresponding with children of the same age at Manyeleti Primary School in Gothenburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Through shared journals, letters, photos and video, these students are learning about the lives and culture of their pen pals.

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
1000 Grove St., Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Sandra (Candy) Falcon for Men’s Residence
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-475-7400, ext. 214
Fax
847-475-7959
Description

Sports, fitness, and wellness programs for preschoolers through senior citizens. Offers daycare and after school enrichment programs, summer camps, tutoring, dance classes and music lessons, American Red Cross courses, swimming and a variety of sports programs. Active volunteer program.
Birthday party rentals.
Preschool/Daycare Child Care center, preschool music, swimming, kindergarten readiness
Youth/Teens trips, tutoring and mentoring, special programming
Summer Day Camps

Address
355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston IL
60202
Phone Number
773.665.3605
Parent Organization
Description

Are you a new mother looking for additional emotional support? Do you have questions about your baby’s development? Join the Mom Network, a weekly support group for new mothers that provides parenting support and information. Topics covered in the weekly meetings are determined by participants and typically include “the baby blues,” fatigue, feeding issues and more. Free to attend; maximum of 20 attendees. For more information and to register, please call 773.665.3605.

Public Notes

Created in November 2011 through the combination of 2 nonprofit Catholic health systems, Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care, Presence Health is now the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois.

Address
P.O. Box 722 Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Person
Litrea Hunter, Supervisor
Phone Number
847-494-7131
Description

Award winning youth gospel choir, for children 8-18. Performs throughout the Chicago area. Call 847-494-7131 to arrange an audition or for bookings.

Address
Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, 2311 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL Mailing: 2407 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208
60208
Contact Person
Ryan Coleman
Phone Number
847-491-7152
Fax
847-467-1406
Description

Wildcat Camp has been a Northwestern tradition since 1939. Wildcat camp offers multi-sport day camps emphasizing skills, fun and fitness. Program serves girls and boys currently attending 1st through 5th grade.

Organization Name
Address
9239 Lowell Ave, Skokie, IL
60076
Contact Person
Jerry Murphy
Phone Number
847-791-8112
Description

Summer sports camp offering instruction tailored to children 5-14 and ability levels. Meets at St. Athanasius School, Lincoln and Ashland, Evanston
Lady Olympians for Girls in Grades 3-8.
Rookies for Grades Kindergarten through 2nd, Boys & Girls.
Jr. Varsity Boys, grades 3-5.
Varsity for Grades 6th through 8th, Boys.

For schedule, see Camp For Champs.

Organization Name
Description

An independent, non-sectarian, non-profit organization for parents with young children offering playgroups, lectures, a babysitting co-op, various social groups, a newsletter, and special events.

Also listed on Meetup.com

Address
1000 Grove Street, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Mallory Deprekel
Phone Number
847-475-7400 x221
Parent Organization
Description

Project SOAR is a one on one Mentoring Program that matches boys and girls ages 7-16 in need of emotional support and guidance with responsible adult role models who provide positive and stable relationships. The Mentor spends 3-4 hours per week with their mentee and there is a 1 year committment. Children are referred from schools, police department, other social agencies and the Y staff while the mentors are caring adults from the community and Northwestern University.
As mentors, adults are encouraged to be a friend and provide a stable, caring relationship with a younger person. Together they’ll also participate in group activities like bowling, skiing, camping, and sporting events.

Organization Name
Address
The Recyclery Collective, 7628 N. Paulina, Chicago, Il
60626
Contact Email
Phone Number
773-262-5900
Description

The Recyclery Collective is an educational bike shop that promotes sustainability by giving access to tools, skills, and opportunities for collaboration. We envision a diverse, resilient neighborhood filled with knowledgeable, self-reliant cyclists.

We rely on volunteers to repair bikes, table events, and keep everything going! The best way to get started is join our Volunteer Orientation 6pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Please RSVP via volunteer@therecyclery.org.  No prior bike mechanic skills required!

Our Programs
Used Bike Sales: We sell used bikes at our shop on Saturdays, 10am –noon, and seasonally on Wednesdays, 6-8pm (April – Sept).
Classes: We teach bicycle maintenance through our introductory Tune-Up Class and our more advanced Overhaul Class.
Freecyclery: Volunteers fix bikes, which we then donate to those in need. Volunteer Hours are on Tuesdays, noon-5pm, and on Fridays, 5-8pm.
Open Shop: Use our tools to fix your own bike, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9pm, and Saturdays, 1-5pm,
Youth Programs: We teach youth bicycle maintenance, safe commuting skills, and environmental awareness. Youth Open Shop is held on Mondays, 4-6pm.

Organization Name
Address
P.O. Box 2231 Northbrook, IL
60065-2231
Contact Person
Elise Larsen, Executive Director
Phone Number
847-564-7704
Fax
888-564-6021
Description

Provides youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and special needs a creative drama experience enabling personal growth while breaking down stereotypes related to disabilities. Special Gifts Theatre’s creative drama classes and theatre programs utilize the special skills of occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapists, as well as special education teachers and theatre arts professionals.

Organization Name
Address
1501 Central St., Evanston, IL
60208
Phone Number
847-467-3758
Description
Willie’s Kids’ Club is an exclusive year-long club just for Northwestern fans in the 8th grade and under. Membership is only $25 for your first child and $20 for each additional child and includes great membership benefits including free admission to Olympic sporting events and a membership pack with Northwestern goodies!
Address
1655 Foster St., Evanston, IL 60201
60201
Contact Person
Kenneth D. Rodgers & Leslie Robinson C.E.O.s ; Cicely Fleming – Program Director
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-328-1912 (Rodgers) 310-980-4778 (Fleming) 847-338-1855 (Robinson)
Fax
847-328-2026
Description

Y.A.M- NFP is an organization created to help with the total development & growth of today’s youth.  We provide leadership opportunities, social guidance, and support, as well as mentoring plus role models for youth within the Evanston community

Organization Name
Website Address
Address
1215 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201
60201
Contact Person
Karen Singer, President/CEO
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-864-8445
Fax
847-864-8498
Parent Organization
Description

YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a social justice organization working in the areas of racial justice and civil rights, women’s empowerment and economic advancement, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more about YWCA programs and services below:

Domestic Violence Services: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/domestic-violence-program
Relationship Violence Prevention: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/violence-prevention
Women’s Economic Empowerment: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/womens-empowerment
Racial Justice Initiatives: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/racial-justice
Flying Fish Aquatics: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/flying-fish-aquatics

24-hour hotline for domestic abuse victims: 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868.

Address
2120 Lincoln St
Evanston IL
60201
Contact Person
Karen Hertel
Phone Number
847-475-2911
Description

We meet at Saint Matthews Episcopal Church at 2120 Lincoln Street in Evanston, Illinois (see map below) on Monday nights. Our meetings start at 7:30 pm and end at 9:00 pm.  See schedule page for a list of troop activities.

Address
2147 Prairie Ave
Evanston IL
60201
Contact Person
Dale Leibforth
Description

We meet at Haven Middle School every other Monday at 7:00 PM. Come join us!

Address
1101 Davis St, PO Box 5664, Evanston, IL
60201
Phone Number
(847) 350-9198
Description

Camp Kesem specializes in providing free summer camp to children who have been affected by a parent or guardian’s cancer. We provide programming opportunities year-round for campers to get to interact with one another. Summer camp sessions are held for 5 days in Fredonia, Wisconsin. Note: All camper programming will be virtual in 2021 due to COVID-19

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