Join Breakaway Basketball's Founder Coach Greg Ktistou as he shares his personal story of overcoming obstacles and following his passion to success - and how you can too.
May 08, 2019, 7:00 PM
Indian Boundary YMCA (The Milnes Room),
711 59th St, Downers Grove, IL 60516, USA

Community Events & Info


grit2 Speaker Series

Talking about LGBTQ+ Topics with your Teen


Tuesday, March 9


A live Zoom webinar (click here to register)

Talking with your teen about LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) topics can be hard - especially when our teens seem to know more than we do!


Join us for a conversation to learn about affirming terminology and understand the spectrums of identity. Whether your child is LGBTQ+, is questioning their identity or you just want to create a more welcoming home, join us to learn, ask questions and better understand how to support young people in our community.


Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of Housing at 360 Youth Services in Naperville. 360 Youth Services provides counseling, substance use prevention education and housing to youth experiencing homelessness. Carolyn supports educators, mental health providers, businesses and other youth serving organizations to create safe and affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ youth and their families.


Click here to register. Questions can be sent prior to the presentation here. Please submit by Friday March 6.


Staying Safe in Teen Relationships


Tuesday, April 6

6:30-7:30 pm 

A live zoom webinar (click here to register)


1 in 3 teenagers will experience dating violence before high school graduation.

Young adults are affected by dating and domestic violence every day. It is imperative to chat with your young adults about healthy relationships, consent, and safety. Not sure where to start? Join Family Shelter Service's Anisha Bhatia and grit2 to learn more about what dating violence may look like, how it could affect your teens, digital safety, and starting the conversation at home.

Anisha Bhatia is the Senior Prevention Educator with Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage. Anisha received her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Pre-Law from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a Certified Domestic Violence Professional. She has been working in the domestic violence movement for six years, in both direct service and educational roles. She is passionate about educating the community about warning signs of dating abuse and how to build healthy friendships and relationships. When Anisha is not working, she enjoys baking, taking care of her plants, and hanging out with her dog!


District 99

Just Talk to Me: Better Conversations, Problem Solving & Planning with your Teen

Wednesday, March 3


A live zoom webinar (click here to register)

Connecting with your teenager is more important - and harder - than ever.

D99 is teaming with Alder Grove Counseling to offer a


A parent night focusing on parent and child communication. The session will offer concrete strategies and also include time for Q&A with Alder Grove presenters Kim Krisks, LCSW and Holly McElmury, BSW

Glenbard Parent Series

Catherine Pearlman, PHD, LCSW

Ignore It: Increase Parenting Satisfaction by Selectively Looking the Other Way

Tue, Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Click here for more information


Special program for parents and caregivers of children ages 3-11 years old. This event will be presented virtually. Use the link below to log in from your computer, phone, or tablet for this engaging event. Participants’ cameras and microphones will be disabled during the speaker’s presentation and slideshow. Questions may be submitted prior to the event or during the event to Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at

With all the whining, complaining, begging, and negotiating, parenting can seem more like a chore than a pleasure. Dr. Catherine Pearlman, syndicated columnist and one of America’s leading parenting experts, has a simple yet revolutionary solution: Ignore It!

Dr. Pearlman’s four-step process returns the joy to child rearing. Combining highly effective strategies with time-tested approaches, she teaches parents when to selectively look the other way to withdraw reinforcement for undesirable behaviors. Too often we find ourselves bargaining, debating, arguing and pleading with kids. Instead of improved behavior parents are ensuring that the behavior will not only continue but often get worse. When children receive no attention or reward for misbehavior, they realize their ways of acting are ineffective and cease doing it. Using proven strategies supported by research, this book shows parents how to:

– Avoid engaging in a power struggle

– Stop using attention as a reward for misbehavior

– Use effective behavior modification techniques to diminish and often eliminate problem behaviors

Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW

Executive Director of Housing,

360 Youth Services - Naperville

Anisha Bhatia

Senior Prevention Educator,

Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage

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