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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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A Job During High School – Is it Worth it?

A Job During High School – Is It Worth It? By Max Ayoub It’s mid-November, almost finals season, which means the stress and workload teenagers have to deal with is at  its peak for the semester. Every high school student is constantly looking for more free time...
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Redefining College Pressure

By Alive Teens Jatin Mathur and Sanjana Ramrajvel The Alive Center has written this blog post as part of its messaging plan throughout the school year. This month’s topic concerns after high school plans, which typically involve strong pressure to attend college. This...
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Alive Teens Take On The Culture of Pressure

By Jatin Mathur (NNHS Senior) and the teen Alive Media Group (AMG) Our community has suffered a great deal in the past year. The events of this year have brought contemporary underlying issues of teen stress pressure to the forefront of community discussions. We at...
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Thinking About Thinking Written by Jason Zhang

Thinking may be the most personal connection we humans have with ourselves. It may help a student solve a math problem, write a paper for their English class, or even help a couple to resolve an issue. The mind is powerful and if not properly maintained, can be...
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Teen Book Review: Excellent Sheep: Miseducation of the American Elite by William Deresiewicz

Teen Book Review: Excellent Sheep: Miseducation of the American Elite by William Deresiewicz The novel Excellent Sheep: Miseducation of the American Elite by former Yale professor William Deresiewicz is the best book anyone could read during their high school career....
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Finding Humanity in Failure

The smooth, silvery keys under my fingers, the cane reed between my lips, and the stand, providing a barrier between me and my audience. That was what I needed to focus on. Myself, my instrument, and my music. If only it were that simple. Instead of rooting me in...
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Failing My Way to Success

Society often views failure as a bad thing. As children, we hear about failure in the media and we witness its repercussions through our parents, role models, and overall surroundings. It is no lie that the idea of failure holds an extremely negative connotation, and...
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Dealing with Good and Bad Stress?

Many may think the best way to deal with Stress is to avoid unnecessary ways of building up pressure. It’s best to avoid ways to increase Stress levels apposed to trying to deal with it later. Stress can be defined as: A state of mental or emotional strain or tension...
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To Persist

As the old adage goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. There has been a theme popping up in my life lately over and over again. That theme is persistence. I was recently at a brand event at North Central College in Naperville and entrepreneur after...
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Learning As If You Were to Live Forever

Education is vital, as it gives people the minimalistic skills to survive as adults in the real world. These skills include simple literacy and numeracy, as well as the ability to communicate, complete tasks and work with others. Education is essential for nearly...
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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
  • Study Lounge
  • Teen-only events
  • At Risk programs

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.

Check out our new calendar here!

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!

A Big Thank You to Our Main Sponsors!

We’re doing incredible things!

TEENS IMPACTED

TEEN LEAD PROGRAMS

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