Naperville Park District and KidsMatter Announce Collaborative Partnership
At their October 13, 2016 meeting, the Naperville Park District Board of Park Commissioners approved an agreement to begin a collaborative partnership with KidsMatter, a community-based organization with 18 years of experience in its mission of “building resilient kids who say NO to destructive choices and YES to endless possibilities!”
The goal for the first year of this collaborative partnership is to expand the Park District’s ability to serve Naperville families by drawing upon KidsMatter’s expertise and resources to address social and emotional wellness and integrate those resources into the District’s repertoire of recreational programs and opportunities.
KidsMatter and its initiative, ParentsMatterToo, provide educational resources and programs throughout the year to support positive youth development, including the Youth Volunteer Fair, Student Job Fair, Naperville Youth Service Awards, Skaters’ Picnic, Parent Conversation Circles and Prescription Drug Education Videos and Resources.
“The Naperville Park District and KidsMatter recognize that not one family is immune to the myriad issues that our world faces today, from obesity and poor health to social isolation and drug addiction,” explained Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “The community will benefit from a partnership that seeks to address these issues through prevention and positive experiences for kids.”
The new partnership will help increase awareness of KidsMatter and ParentsMatterToo and the resources available to families to effectively manage social pressure and life stresses.
“We are excited about collaborating with the Park District to provide youth and family-oriented events that promote resiliency throughthe development of life skills, personal creativity and positive values,” said IdaLynn Wenhold, Executive Director of KidsMatter.
Board and staff members from Naperville Park District and KidsMatter pose for a photo at theOct. 13, 2016 Board meeting.