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 in New Trier Township. GYS also operates the Special Needs Adult Pals (SNAP) and the Young Adult Pals (YAP) programs, which provide social activities and support for people with mental and/or physical disabilities.
Glencoe Youth Services runs:
• After-school activities at our Field House near Glencoe Central School.
• Special Needs Adult Pals (SNAP) dinners every Tuesday.
• Young Adult Pals (YAP) dinners on alternate Thursdays.
• The Daniel Calhoun All-Star Scholarship for students in 5th grade and higher.
• Many other community events and fundraisers in New Trier Township.
GYS relies on volunteer work from good people like you!
GYS Field House
Open weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm! Kids ages 10 to 18 are welcome to drop in 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 free, and are always guided by trained professional staff who facilitate meaningful connections among all youth.
Special Needs Adult Pals (SNAP)
SNAP is a weekly dinner and meeting for adults with special needs. SNAP meetings are held n Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 pm in the GYS Field House.
Daniel Calhoun Scholarship
GYS established the Daniel Calhoun All-Star Scholarship following the tragic death of one of its longtime supporters.
Daniel Calhoun grew up in Glencoe and participated in GYS programming as a teen, then served on its board of directors until his mid 20s.
Daniel struggled with his mental health his entire life and never felt like he fit in at school, but at GYS, he “found his tribe.” He graduated from New Trier and went on to graduate cum laude from Lake Forest College. But sadly, on Nov. 5, 2019, while at University of Michigan Law School, Daniel died. He was 32 years old.
The GYS Board, on which Daniel’s father Walter now sits, decided to establish a scholarship fund “to continue to provide quality experiences for youth, as we know this is something Daniel would have wanted.”
Students in fifth grade and higher are able to apply for the scholarship and put the money toward an activity of their choosing: summer camp, a new instrument rental, classes for a new hobby, or anything else they are interested in. At least one scholarship of $500-$1000 will be awarded each year.
(Text modified from an article in The Glencoe Anchor by Christine Adams, freelance reporter, 2020)
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
I am thrilled to be working at GYS this year. As a middle school educator and parent of 5 children I am so excited about the amazing possibilities that GYS offers youth in the area. Working with students and their families, businesses and non profits in Glencoe and throughout New Trier Township, there are no limits to what we can accomplish.
I am a student at the School of the Art Institute and have absolutely fallen in love with GYS. The ability to interact with the most amazing kids and getting to experience such fulfilling events and activities have made my days working here so special. I cannot wait to see what more we achieve in this incredible organization.
Ava & James Friedman
We are seniors at New Trier High School, and are 17 years old. One of our life goals is to help children as much as we can and ensure that they are living their best life. We are so happy to be a part of such an amazing organization and can’t wait for what’s in store this year.
I remember going to GYS as a middle schooler, and it had been a highlight of my middle school life. From going and interacting with kids of varying ages and having tournaments with them. It was a fun experience, and I’m glad to help give that joy to others as well.
Board of Directors, 2023-2024
Jen Adler, Walter Calhoun, Jonathan Corum, Tori Enerson, Colleen Fischvogt, Emily Fogle, Jessica Franke, Debbie Jha, Jen Kaplan, Doris Klein, Lisa Krull, Amanda Kush, Jodi Newmark, Lisa Pevtzow, Jeanne Reed, Sarah Staffilino and Gary Zajc.
GYS Youth Leadership Board
Join the Youth Leadership Board
Interested in gaining valuable leadership experience and giving back to GYS? The Youth Leadership Board empowers adolescents to become more active community members and leaders, and gives them opportunities to develop confidence in their own talents and skills. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more.