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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
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with our teens after school.

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To Ignore or Not to Ignore? Is that Really a Question?

By Kandice Henning, Alive Center Founder and CEO Somewhere along the way it became acceptable to ignore people as a form of communication instead of a simple “no” or “maybe”. We are living in a technological time where we frequently communicate via our devices....
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Teen drop-in center opening at Aurora Library’s Eola Road branch

Suzanne BakerContact Reporter Naperville Sun free drop-in center for students is opening on Aurora’s far East Side. Starting Sept. 17, the Alive Center in Naperville is bringing drop-in hours for students in grades six to 12 to the Aurora Public Library’s Eola Road...
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“Reflection and How it Can Make You Who You Want to Be” By teen blogger Sam Rosacrans

  “Reflection and How it Can Make You Who You Want to Be” By teen blogger Sam Rosacrans Summer is here, and hopefully all of of the stress and chaos from the school year has left your body already. If you’re not happy with the way your school year...
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Get in on the Action at Alive!

The Alive Center for Teens is rolling out two new programs to help YOU get more involved! As a nonprofit organization, we need your help to sustain our FREE programming model and add more empowering clubs, camps and programs! Alive Action Tours! These tours are for...
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Discovering your passions/What makes you come alive? by Jatin Mathur

We’ve all heard the horror stories of the unfortunate man or woman stuck working a 9-5 boring desk job. Conventional logic follows that the earlier you figure out what you want to do, your “passion,” to use the buzzword, the better. We tell ourselves, if I figure out...
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You Never Know – The Art of Staying Open

By Kandice Henning, Alive Center Founder & Executive Director February 24, 2018 “Seriously, you never know, so stop thinking that you do.” This was a conversation that I was having with myself on the last night of my 2018 yoga retreat at a beautiful resort...
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Everyday Courage

By Caitlin Holzer, Naperville North High School Class of 2016 & Alive Teen Alumni I am going to start with part of my conclusion, we do not have to do everything on our own. There is no finish line when learning to be assertive, so all that matters is the starting...
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Being Yourself and Embracing a Passion (Pressure and Acceptance)

By Sam Rosacrans (Photo taken from one of my last concerts – Rammstein, one of the highlights of last Summer.) As we go throughout any stage of our life, whether it be middle school, high school, work or something different, we’re often plagued by...
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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.

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!

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