Township Youth Services
We believe that young people thrive when they have a strong sense of belonging, independence, mastery and generosity. That's why we've contracted with more that 20 local agencies to provide scores of educational, recreational and vocational programs that touch the lives of more than 12,000 young people each year.
Our Youth Services Advisory Committee
selects and evaluates these youth programs to ensure a safe, healthy and enriching environment for every young person in our community.
Youth Intervention Program Township Youth Services
The Youth Intervention Program employs highly trained, experienced youth workers and coordinates a broad spectrum of services to help young people who are showing signs of involvement with gang activity, violence and/or substance abuse. Our youth interventionists work closely with parents, schools and local government and social service agencies to engage young people in positive activities and help them make better life choices. The Youth Intervention Program is cooperatively funded by all of the governmental units of Oak Park and River Forest and operated by the
Oak Park Township.
For further information, please see brochure in the Downloads section of this website or contact Oak Park Youth Services at 708-445-2727.
“Families Acting Collaboratively to Educate and Involve Teens” (FACE-IT) is an evidence based, family-focused alcohol, tobacco and other drug education, prevention, and early intervention program for youth and their parents or caregivers. The courses, which are held over several weeks, teach life skills, critical thinking, anger management, etc. Both parent/caretaker and youth are required to attend and complete the program.
For further details, please see brochure in the Downloads section of this website or contact Bert Patania at email@example.com or 708-445-2727.
Youth Advocacy Council
The Youth Advocacy council is comprised of young people (grades 7-12) who help plan, promote and implement local youth programs and activities.
The townships provide funding for a number of community-based programs that have been established to help prevent
youth-related problems in River Forest and Oak Park.
These programs include:
Substance abuse assessment
Evening/weekend recreation activities
Clear Sky Festival (River Forest Only)
Youth volunteer opportunities
Arts enrichment programs
I-Search (River Forest Only)
We offer scholarships so that young people aged 5-17 with demonstrated financial need can participate in after-school recreational, educational, sports and arts-related programs. (Scholarships may be available to children aged 3-4 on an exception basis.)
Please click here to review the Guidelines and Income Verification Form.
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please register in person for the program you wish to attend, for example, at the River Forest Park District or River Forest Community Center. Tell the staff you would like to be considered for a scholarship, and they will complete and submit the application on your behalf (click here to review the application).
Please be sure to bring the documentation outlined in the Guidelines and Income Verification Form.
youth programs and resources
---are available in the Downloads section of this website or at Oak Park Township Office.
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Need information or referrals? Contact our Youth Services office at 708.445.2727 or