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Posted on: November 25, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Niles Teen Center- Week of November 26

Please find below information on events and activities taking place at or with the Niles Teen Center in the next couple of weeks.

Winter Programming- Newsletter and Calendars

The Winter Newsletter and Calendars are NOW Available!!!  See the Attachments.

Take a Look at all of the great winter programs and activities.

Quarterly Mailing and Membership Renewals

By the end of the week, everyone should be receiving a letter from Mark in the mail with the newsletter and calendars.  Some of you will also receive membership renewal forms.  If you are expired or expiring soon, please sign and return the forms with proper payment so that you (or your teen) can continue to participate in our programs.


Cooking Project- Tues. Nov. 27- Lemon Bars- 4:00-5:30 pm

Join Maddie in making a nice sweet and sour treat.


Game Tournament- Wed. Nov. 28- Gang Beasts- 4:30-6:00 pm
Most Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., the Teen Center staff will set up tournaments for video games and table games like Foosball, Air Hockey, Darts, NBA2K16 or Call of Duty 3. Prizes may be awarded to winners.

Teen Workshop- Coping with Stress
Thurs. Nov. 29- 4:30-5:30 pm & Thurs. Dec. 6- 4:30-5:30 pm

Hoyam and Yesenia from Niles Family Services will be providing an interactive and fun workshop for teens to help them understand stress and develop positive strategies for coping and managing stress.


Niles Park District- Friday Fun Nights- begin Friday, Nov. 30 from 6:00-10:00 pm
Join in the fun at the Loverde Center for Friday Fun Nights including soccer, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, Whiffle ball, Kickball, Movies, Music, Dancing, card games and more.

Only $5 with your teen center ID

See the Attachment for details


Girls Check-In- Friday Nov. 30- 4:15-5:00 pm

Spend a little time chatting with Maria Escobar or play a game with her.


New Teen Center Supervisor
Mark recently hired Crissy Catalano-Ingrum as the new part-time lead supervisor at the Teen Center.  Crissy’s first day will be Tuesday December 4th.  Previously, Crissy managed programs and events for the epilepsy community and has created programming for children, teens and adults of all abilities.  She has a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Communications.  She enjoys cooking and spending time with family.


Social Work Interns
Since September, the teen center has been working with 3 social work interns through Niles Family Services.  Jackie and Lacey are at the Teen Center on Tuesdays and Shelby on Thursdays.  Beginning in January, they will be providing some structured activities at the Teen Center.  As future social workers, they are available to talk with the teens and provide support to them as needed.

Jackie Gustafson is one of our Masters of Social Work Interns from Niles Family Services. She will be at the Teen Center every Tuesday throughout the school year. During her time at the Teen Center, she hopes to lead the teens through a variety of activities while getting to know each of them. She is very eager to learn more about the teens at the Teen Center and to get to know them!

Lacey Schultz is currently a senior studying social work at Loyola University Chicago. She enjoys singing, dancing, and working out. She hopes to bring these activities to the Teen Center. Lacey believes that social relationships are very important to our development so she hopes to be a great mentor and friend to the members of the Teen Center!

Shelby Olita recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Xavier University. She majored in Psychology and minored in Criminal Justice. She is now attending the University of Illinois at Chicago to get a master’s degree in Social Work. She is planning on choosing a specialization in Child and Family. She hopes to eventually work with at risk youth or within the special needs community. She is currently an intern at Niles Family Services and spends Thursdays at the Teen Center.


Toys for Tots Program and Food Drive

The Niles Teen Center, in cooperation with the Village of Niles, will participate in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves “Toys for Tots” program.  We will be collecting toys to be distributed to less fortunate children in the Chicagoland area.  Please do not bring any stuffed animals or home-made items.  All toys must be in their original packaging and no gift wrapping.  We will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Niles Food Pantry.              

Dates: Thursday, November 1 to Friday, December 14


Boys Check-In- Thurs. Dec. 6- 4:15-5:00 pm

Spend a little time chatting with Darren Brown or play a game with him.

Open early for D63 Early Dismissal Days- Thursday December 6 at 11:45 am

Approximately once a month, D63 has an early dismissal for students for teacher in-service training.  On these days, the Teen Center will be open at 11:45 am. 

Bring a Friend Fridays- Friday December 7

On a selected Friday each month, if a current member brings a friend as a guest, both teens will receive a free soda and bag of chips.  If the guest, purchases a membership, the current member and new member will receive a $10 gift certificate for Kappy’s or $5 gift certificate to Subway or Gloria Jeans Coffee.

Teen Movie “Night OUT”- Friday, December 7- 7:00-9:30 pm- $9 each

Exclusive offer for Teen Center members! Are you looking for something fun to do on Friday nights? We’ve got the answer for you: Teen Movie Theater Nights. Enjoy a movie at AMC Theater - Golf Mill for $9 (price subject to change). Please bring extra money for snacks during the movie. Pre-registration is not required.

Movie Choice will be decided by Wed. December 5

Friday Dec. 14- CLOSED

The Teen Center will be CLOSED on Friday December 14 for the Village of Niles holiday party.

Niles-Maine District Library- upcoming teen programs
Teen Winter Reading- Saturday, December 1 through Thursday, February 28-Grades 7-12

Pick up a log in the Teen Underground to join, and we’ll give you candy as a bonus! Complete the log and turn it in for a super sweet lanyard. You’ll also qualify for weekly Starbucks drawings, and a final drawing for Target. Complete multiple logs, as many as one a week, to earn multiple drawing entries as well as button flair for your lanyard.

Dungeons & Dragons Free Play-Saturday, December 22, January 19, February 16, 1-4 p.m.-Grades 7-12
Dive into the story-building world of Dungeons & Dragons in this monthly gaming meet-up. Bring a character you've already created, or play one provided by our local Dungeon Master.


Prior Registration Required at or by calling 847-663-6640.


Sign up for Village of Niles E-Newsletter
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Follow these simple steps to activate your account

Stop by the Teen Center or call 847-588-6900 to verify your Teen Center account email

Go to  Click Online Registration (left side of page)

Click Login (top right of page)

Click forgot password

Type in the email you verified with the Teen Center

You will be sent an email with a link to reset your password.  Type your password, verify your password and click submit.

Click Login to access your account

Click on My Account

You are now able to enter all Family Account Information

With your online account, you will be able to register and pay online for events and activities like movie night and trips.  However, you will not be able to renew your membership.  Memberships must be renewed in person through the Teen Center office.

Policy and Procedure Manual
Teen Center staff has developed a policy and procedure manual.  The information included is intended for teens and parents, as well as staff, explaining our standard procedures of operation and explaining behavior expectations and consequences for teen participants.
Parents, please review this document with your teen participant.  Thanks!

ID cards REQUIRED for TC Attendance
Remember, ALL Teens are REQUIRED to have and USE their teen center ID cards to CHECK-IN to the facility.  Any need for a reprinted ID will be $5 each.  If you don’t have your ID, you will create more work for Mark and he will have to manually check you in.  The new MaxGalaxy software does not allow members to bypass the ID scanner, therefore ALL TEENS MUST USE THEIR ID CARDS TO CHECK-IN.  Thanks!


Mark Williams                        
Niles Teen Center Director

Niles Teen Center      
373 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714
847-588-6900- office

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