KidsMatter will host several events in the next few months designed to capture the energy and talents of local youth. PN is eager for youngsters to read all about KidsMatter and the group’s desire to “empower kids to realize endless possiblities.”
First, Timm Etters: Artist Reception and Ice Cream Social will be held from 1-3PM Tues., July 17. Local mural artist Timm Etters is creating a special exhibit representing murals in schools around Naperville for the Cafe at Whole Foods on 75th Street.
Timm Etters Banana Split-Gelato and Ice Cream Social is a chance to meet the artist while enjoying a taste of a specially made “Timm Etters Gelato” and Ice Cream. Kids will create a Timm Etters inspired community mural on canvas.
Last Fling Skater’s Picnic!
Then during the Jaycees Last Fling, the Annual Skaters’ Picnic will be held from 11AM to 2PM Sat., Sept. 1 at Centennial Skate Park.
KidsMatter, the Naperville Police Department, and the Naperville Park District Police, in partnership with the Naperville Jaycees, will host the ninth annual free picnic and soft drinks with a Pro Skate Demo, free raffle and more for all skaters.
Centennial Beach is located at 500 W. Jackson Ave.
(Editor’s Note: The 2012 Jaycees Last Fling runs Aug. 31 through Labor Day, Sept. 3, along Jackson Ave. toward Rotary Hill. The family-friendly festival offers much to do for young people.)
Two events will follow in Octboer. The Volunteer Fair! is slated from 5:30-7:30PM Tues., Oct. 2, at the Municipal Center. Young Naperville residents can consider their extracurricular activities. KidsMatter strives to connect teens with opportunities that will give them a sense of purpose, provide them with valuable hands-on experiences they can build on for college and into adulthood and ignite the volunteer spirit that has helped make Naperville the thriving community it is today.
Over 25 organizations who need youth volunteers in order to deliver their services to the community participated in the 2011 Fair.Locally-based groups such as Naper Settlement, NCO Youth & Family Services, DuPage P.A.D.S., Feed My Starving Children, YMCA, Project H.E.L.P., Samaritan Interfaith Counseling, The Education Center, and DuPage Children’s Museum will be looking for volunteers. Representatives will be on-hand to speak to interested young people and their families about opportunities to for teens to sign up to volunteer and serve at 25+ different area organizations.
Your Digital Footprint Matters!
Though the promotion run the entire month of October, watch for the kick off on Wed., Oct. 3, at Naperville Central High School. October Cyber will be featured during Safety Awareness Month. Pay attention for every child’s protection.
For more information, visit www.KidsMatter2us.org