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. We are hereby taking steps to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Effective immediately, our center will be closed until further notice.
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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Virtual Drop-in Center
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 are preparing to provide virtual support through virtual drop in hours beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.
For more information click here!
Lunches of Hope
*** In line with efforts to practice social distancing, we have decided to cancel this Saturday's Lunches of Hope on March 14, 2020***
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
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
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.
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
Social and Emotional Learning Exchange (SELE)
We are so excited to have partnered with the Josselyn Center to provide youth of the north shore a high school youth to middle school youth mentoring program with opportunities for leadership and education surrounding social and emotional learning within a positive, encouraging environment. Interested in hearing more about this program? Email
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).
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! Our cooking club will meet on the first Thursday of every month from 3:45pm to 5:45pm, please meet at the GYS at 3:30pm. Interested in learning more? Email
Cooking Club Dates
February 6, 2020
March 5, 2020
April 2, 2020
May 7, 2020
June 4, 2020
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.