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Our Mission is to be a teen-led, teen-driven center focused on empowering the youth of today to become the impassioned, resilient leaders of tomorrow.

 

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Our Teen Initiate program is an innovative Teen-Led Teen-Driven (TLTD) program that provides local teens with support and a space to innovate and lead while empowering younger teens and tweens in the process.

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We Need You! Alive needs adult
volunteers to mentor and hang out
with our teens after school.

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Our adult programming keeps the space busy when the teens are not using it, and helps to fund our teen programs.

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We need YOUR help in keeping a
safe place for the youth of
Naperville.

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The Alive Center serves all teens and tweens who are interested in connecting with what makes them come alive, increasing their health and well-being, and building a stronger sense of community and belonging. We have a myriad of programs including:

  • Free after school drop-in hours
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • Clubs
  • Life skills classes
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Teen-only play events

To see our full list of Activities and Programs visit our calendar here.

Teen Initiate is an innovative Teen-Led Teen-Driven (TLTD) program that provides teens with support and a space to innovate and lead while empowering younger teens and tweens in the process.

Current Teen Initiate programs include:

 

  • Junior High Mentoring
  • Girl Empowerment Club
  • Science Exploration Club
  • Tutoring by The Merry Tutor
  • Excel Club
  • Media Smart Youth
  • And more!

Are you looking for a unique rental space that has it all?  Host your special event at the Alive Center. Complete customizable options to meet your needs. Have an idea?

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  • Birthday parties
  • Showers
  • Scouting events
  • Exercise groups
  • Meetups
  • Classes/workshops
  • And more!

Learn more about Space Rentals here.

Jun 05

Girl’s STEM Innovation Camp 10A-12P (free)

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jun 06

Girl’s STEM Innovation Camp 10A-12P (free)

June 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jun 07

Girl’s STEM Innovation Camp 10A-12P (free)

June 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jun 08

Girl’s STEM Innovation Camp 10A-12P (free)

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jun 09

Girl’s STEM Innovation Camp 10A-12P (free)

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Our Mission

Our mission statement was written by our teens and is the voice and heart which drives the center:

 

Our Mission is to be a teen-led, teen-driven center focused on empowering the youth of today to become the impassioned, resilient leaders of tomorrow.

Video created by Alive Center teens Jake Emrich and Kincade Kraftson-Hogue

What is the Alive Center?

Alive is Naperville’s teen center. Centrally located, we provide teens a unique place to connect, discover and come alive! Our mission is to be a teen-led, teen-driven (TLTD) center focused on empowering the youth of today to become the impassioned, resilient leaders of tomorrow. As a nonprofit organization we offer free drop-in hours after school and over the summer as well as a myriad of programs, classes and events, designed to build confident and resilient teens.

On any given day at Alive one will find teen-led tutoring, mentoring and clubs as well as life skill classes such as unstructured art and dance, nutrition and healthy cooking, stress management, open music venues, creative writing and just plain fun! We are a place to belong and learn important life skills. We are about new experiences and expanding minds!

Our paid adult programming helps us to fully utilize the space while allowing our community to support our local teens.

A Big Thank You to Our Main Sponsors!

We’re doing incredible things!

TEENS IMPACTED

TEEN LEAD PROGRAMS

TEEN DROP-IN HOURS