Important Update: 2018-2019 Schedule

As a group of professionals from diverse backgrounds and organizations who come together with a shared passion for helping kids succeed in school and life, we want to provide a thoughtful program for the upcoming year that will increase engagement and expand our capacity to serve our communities.

Rather than meeting on a regular monthly basis, we have planned the following meeting schedule:

Tuesday, September 25, 2018: Regular Meeting and Presentation
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Mundelein Police Department
Presenter: Susan Squires
Topic: Bridges Out of Poverty is designed to help us recognize the hidden rules (unspoken assumptions) of generational poverty, middle class, and wealth. For example, the role of language, types of support systems and resources can be different. Understanding differences helps us to build relationships with patience, generosity, and without judgment.  Please note: This is not a full Bridges Out of Poverty training, but rather an abbreviated workshop.

Friday, October 26, 2018: Poverty Simulation Hosted by the Alliance for Human Services
More details and information about registration to come.
Rosalind Franklin University

A Poverty Simulation gives participants the chance to walk in the shoes of someone facing poverty for one month and creates an interactive learning experience for students and community members. A group of AmeriCorps VISTAs from Northern Illinois Food Bank facilitates the experience and group discussions after the simulation is complete. The simulation provides a place for participants to get out of their comfort zone and have the chance to discuss and evaluate some of their preexisting beliefs and possible biases they held. It challenges everyone to think critically about how to bring the ideas inspire in the classroom out into the community to help provide better services in alleviating poverty.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019: Regular Meeting and Discussion
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Mundelein Police Department

Tuesday, February 26, 2019: Regular Meeting and Presentation
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Mundelein Police Department
Presenter: Maggie Morales, Director of Community Leadership and Investment, Lake County Community Foundation
Topic: The Changing Demographics of Lake County

At each meeting, we will continue our tradition of having time for networking and sharing announcements.  We hope this new schedule leads us to learn from each other, to ask questions, and to add value to the work we are all doing to improve the lives of kids in Lake County.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

REMINDER: JANUARY 23 - Change of Plans!

This month, we are inviting Coalition members to attend the Right Now in Lake County presentation instead of our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 23.  The event is hosted by the Lake County Community Foundation, which has generously extended an invitation to the Lake County YES Coalition to attend.

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 7:45 am - 10:00 am 
Location: Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital - Hughes Conference Center, 1000 Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

The Lake County Community Foundation welcomes nationally renowned researcher, University of Washington Public Affairs professor and Brookings Institution nonresident fellow DR. SCOTT W. ALLARD to discuss his 2017 book Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty.

For a decade, Dr. Allard has researched and written extensively about the suburbanization of poverty, focusing on Lake County, Illinois as a national case study. A panel of local leaders will discuss issues at the intersection of poverty and place. Join us to gain valuable information to guide your strategic community investment and connect with others dedicated to building a better Lake County through philanthropy and civic engagement.

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register by the registration deadline of January 16.  More information is available here:

YES Meetings Will Resume In August

As a reminder, our next meeting will be held Tuesday, August 22, 2017.  Have a safe and happy summer!

One Hope United and Warren Township Youth Services Present: PAPER TIGERS

One Hope United and Warren Township Youth Services 
One high schools unlikely success story
Screening and Discussion on Trauma Informed Schools 

Paper Tigers documents a school's journey in becoming trauma informed and breaking the cycle of poverty, violence and dysfunction that affects families. 
Please join us for the movie screening, followed by a panel discussion regarding trauma sensitive discipline and care in our school systems and potentially other institutions.
The panel will include both providers of trauma services and researchers from One Hope United, Lake County Health Department, Northwestern and Zion Schools. Free CE and CPDU credits offered.
This presentation is great for those who work with youth professionally, volunteers, mentors, foster parents or anyone who cares about the impact of trauma on children.
December 1
  Free Workshop6-8:30 pm
2.5 CE and CPDU Hours

Warren Township
Town Hall
17801 W. Washington St.
(entrance is on Almond)
Gurnee, IL 60031



847-244-1101 Ext. *401

University Center brings NIU anti-bullying conference to Lake County

University Center brings NIU anti-bullying conference to Lake County
Grayslake, IL (September 22, 2016) University Center of Lake County is collaborating with Northern Illinois University to bring their “Bullying:  How Schools Can Respond” conference to Lake County.  The conference will take place simultaneously in DeKalb and Grayslake on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 8 am to 2:15 pm.  The sites will be linked through interactive video and some sessions will originate from each location.
The goal of this professional development conference is to educate administrators, teachers, counselors, and staff members about how they can respond to the issue of bullying in their schools.   It is the sixth annual conference organized by the NIU College of Education Office of External & Global Programs and NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming and the second consecutive year in which they have partnered with University Center of Lake County.
The keynote address, “Expanding Our Approach to Gender-Based Bullying,” will be given by Molly Holmes, Director, NIU Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, with Z Nicolazzo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Adult & Higher Education Program, Faculty Associate, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, NIU.
Additional sessions/speakers include:
“Preventing and Addressing Cyberbullying: Resources and Tools” by Christine Malecki, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program, Department of Psychology, NIU, with Michelle Demaray, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, NIU.
“Prevention Strategies: From Evidence-Based Practice to the Lived Experience of Students and Parents” by Andy Duran, Executive Director, LEAD/ SpeakUP! Prevention Coalition with parent Micaiah Robinson.
Registration is now open at with the early bird registration ending on October 7.  Full details, including a schedule, a flyer, and a registration form, are also available at
Hilary Ward Schnadt, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Services & Programs
University Center of Lake County
1200 University Center Drive
Grayslake, IL 60030-2614
Voice:  847/665-4004
Fax:  847/665-4111

NCTSN Response: Orlando Nightclub Hate Crime and Act of Terrorism

This information is being forwarded to you from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

In response to the Orlando Nightclub hate crime and act of terrorism, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help families and communities respond:

The NCTSN also has resources on Psychological First Aid (PFA) PFA is an early intervention to support children, youth, adults, and families impacted by these types of events.  PFA have been translated into numerous languages, including Spanish.  There is a PFA for Faith-Based Leaders available for download, as well as PFA Mobile, which is an app available on Android and Apple devices.  An online training course for PFA is available on the NCTSN Learning Center, as well as a Childhood Traumatic Grief and Developing Clinical Competence in Working with LGBTQ Youth and Families Speaker Series.  SAMSHA has a Disaster Distress Hotline - call 1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor.

Round Lake Area Job Fair - June 29, 2016

Senator Melinda Bush's office, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Job Center of Lake County, will be hosting a job fair on Wednesday, June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Magee Middle School in Round Lake.  More information is available on the flyers below (English and Spanish both available):