Alive Center and Fry Family YMCA Collaborate on Teen Space

By: Alive Center NFP
NAPERVILLE, Ill. - March 5, 2019 - PRLog -- Beginning March 13th, the Alive Center in Naperville is bringing its free teen drop-in hours for 6th – 12th graders to the Fry Family YMCA in south Naperville. The two organizations are piloting Alive @ Fry to meet the demand of the many teens that pass by the YMCA on their way home from Neuqua Valley High School. The free drop-in hours will be available every Wednesday and Friday 2:30 – 5:30pm. Activities will include teen initiated art, games, STEM programs, fitness programs, health and wellness and more.

The Alive Center and the Y recognize the power teenagers hold to represent and shape the community. With a focus on youth and teens, both organizations believe in inclusive spaces and value the inherent worth of each and every individual.

"At the Y we are committed to building partnerships and collaborating with others to build a stronger community. We look forward to working with the Alive Center to provide teens a safe place where they have opportunities to discover who they are and what they can achieve." said R.J. Bartels, YMCA Executive Director.

The Alive Center's free drop-in hours provide unique programming for local teens to come together to learn, create, and socialize in a safe, welcoming, supervised environment. During the critical hours after school and over summer vacation, Alive's program provides teens with free mentoring, classes and workshops on a variety of topics such as leadership, career development, healthy cooking, art and music: drug prevention and awareness; anti-bullying and cyber safety information; community service projects, STEM, media, and more.  The­­­­ majority of these programs are Teen-Led, Teen-DrivenTM to make them most relevant for the younger teens while giving the older teens a place to lead and innovate.

"I am excited to see two of Naperville's premier youth organizations come together to serve our youth in an even stronger way. The synergy of these two organizations coming together is a clear example of where 1 + 1 = 3," said Tom Miers, Naperville Bank and Trust President, Y Board Member and longtime community leader.

The Alive @ Fry Drop-in program is free of charge and available to all 6th – 12th graders. Parents can pre-register their teens at: or teens can register themselves onsite. Parents that pre-register their teens can sign-on to the Alive system at any time to see when their teen signs in and out. For more information the community can reach us at

Alive Center CEO Kandice Henning says that "Parents on the south side of Naperville have been asking for an Alive Center for years. We are really excited to team with the Fry Family YMCA to bring our empowering Teen-Led, Teen-DrivenTM programs to teens in south Naperville."

About the Alive Center:

Alive's mission is to create Teen-Led, Teen-DrivenTM centers focused on empowering of the youth of today to become the impassioned, resilient leaders of tomorrow. Alive is a Teen-Led Teen-DrivenTM (TLTD) program that was designed to empower the local youth by creating a supportive space for teenagers to innovate and belong, while instilling leadership skills and confidence into younger teens and tweens. Alive believes that when passion meets purpose, you come alive. For more information go to

About the Fry Family YMCA:

Through a variety of programs and services focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y unites men, women and children- regardless of age, income or background- to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. For more information go to

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