Open weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., teens are welcome to drop in voluntarily to enjoy recreational and educational opportunities. We offer a safe space for young people to relax, grow, make friends, join a leadership board and more. Every year, hundreds of youth enjoy this nurturing, convenient, and fun environment. Our programs are always guided by trained professional staff who facilitate meaningful connections among all youth.
Want to Help?
The health, wellbeing, and safety of our participants and the broader community in which we live are our highest priority. In compliance with current government orders and health official recommendations, we will be opening the GYS on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12pm- 2pm for outdoor activities!
Donations are a great way to help the GYS provide our participants with educational programs, technology, and more. Your donation can be easily made via PayPal. We thank you for support!
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The Dime Project
As we all adjust to the new normal, we are actively trying to maximize our resources to provide our best services to students, community members and friends and family.
We are establishing a new fundraising campaign called "The Dime Project" in hopes to directly support our neighbors who are most vulnerable to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
We need your help! We are asking for donations to be able to give back to the various local food pantries located in the North Shore providing for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 100% of the proceeds will be donated!
Please, let’s all engage in supporting those who are in need during this time.
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Drop-in Center Open
Glencoe Youth Services is committed to ensuring youth continue to have a safe space to hang out and receive academic and personal support during this time of concern with the COVID-19 virus. We will be opening the drop in for outdoor activities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12pm-2pm.
We ask that you to please follow CDC and IDPH health and safety guidelines, including:
* Stay home if you are sick
* Wash your hands before and after visiting the GYS
* Maintain a physical distance of at least six feet
* Be prepared to wear a face covering if six feet of distance can't be maintained
* Cover coughs or sneezes
SNAP meets on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 PM in the Glencoe Youth Services (GYS) building. Every week starts with a warm, healthy dinner provided by generous donors (including religious organizations, non-profits, and individual families). At the beginning of every month, the group votes on programming for each Tuesday of the month.
Popular activities include: Bingo, Karaoke, Uno, and movies. Once a month, we have a special guest speaker come in and teach topics such as healthy eating, available community resources, and more! We also do community outings to movie theatres, restaurants, arcades and more!
SNAP Contact Info
680 Greenwood Ave.
Glencoe, IL 60022
Become a Volunteer
Glencoe Youth Services relies on the volunteer work from good people like you! Whether your talent is cooking, helping with homework, sewing, sports, photography, cartooning, drawing or helping young people or people with special needs discover and explore different cultures, we invite you to share your interests with our GYS community. To learn more or to volunteer, please email
Tuesday: 12pm-2pm (outdoor activities only)
Wednesday: 12pm-2pm (outdoor activities only)
Thursday: 12pm-2pm (outdoor activities only)
Lunches of Hope
*** In line with efforts to practice social distancing, all Lunches of Hope have been postponed ***
Looking for an opportunity to give back to others? Volunteer with us at the GYS! We will be packing lunches for people who are experiencing homelessness. All are welcome! Participants only need to bring a positive attitude and a heart prepared to serve others! Please be at the center at 9:30am. 680 Greenwood Avenue, Glencoe
Email if you have any questions
Stress Relief Clinic
As part of our Mental Health Campaign, GYS is excited to partner with K-9 Reading Buddies to provide a stress relief clinic on the second Tuesday of every month. Teens will be provided with a space to relax and hang out with therapy dogs. To learn more about our Stress relief clinic email
Youth Leadership Board
Interested in giving back to GYS and gaining valuable leadership experience? Join us on Thursdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at our next Youth Board Leadership meeting. Our Youth Leadership Board mission is to empower adolescents to become more active community members and leaders, while also giving them opportunities to develop confidence in their own talents and skills.
Glencoe Youth Services Contact Info
680 Greenwood Ave
Glencoe, IL 60022
GYS is located next to Central School tennis courts (between Central School and the baseball field).
We are excited to have partnered with the Glencoe Library to provide Escape Rooms every month located at the center. Please email if you have any questions. We ask all participants be at the center at 1:50pm. 680 Greenwood Ave, Glencoe
Learning how to prepare healthy meals is an important skill in life! Learning basic cooking skills can help encourage young people to use healthy foods to prepare for themselves. Our cooking club provides a hands-on opportunity for Glencoe Central students in grades 5th-8th to learn about healthy food choices and valuable cooking skills. By acquiring this invaluable skill, you will gain an understanding of the importance of a healthy and balanced diet, how to plan and prepare balanced meals, read and understand food labels, learn food safety skills, and discover that cooking is fun! Interested in learning more? Email
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Glencoe Youth Services GYS provides recreational, educational. social service, and leadership opportunities, in a safe and supportive environment to high school and middle school age youth living in New Trier Township.