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Our Mission


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.  GYS also operates the Special Needs Adult Pals Progarm (SNAP), which provides social activities and support for people over the age of 18 with (mental and/or physical) disabilities.

Our Vision

The lives of young people can be changed forever if given the chance to reach their full potential. Located right next to Central Junior High in Glencoe—and open after school, during school breaks and during the summer—our program is designed to be a place for kids, ages 10 to 18, to find themselves. The sense of belonging and hope provided in the environment created through Glencoe Youth Services helps strengthen families, reduce risky behavior and open up a world of opportunity for young people.


Taking part in the activities in this program is free and voluntary. This is a safe place to learn, play and connect with community, friends and family. Our location provides convenient access for youth within the New Tier Township and surrounding neighborhoods. We work with more than 500 youth annually, introducing them to enriching activities that help them develop their individual strengths.

Our Staff

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MICHELLE ROSENTHAL, Executive Director, Glencoe Youth Services


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. Through our teen drop in program, our SNAP dinners and our community outreach GYS continues to have a positive impact on those we reach. Working with the 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 look forward to this year and providing programming that meets the needs and interests of our youth and community members.

Assistant Director, Glencoe Youth Services

Hello! My name is Amelia Palmer but friends just call me Mia. I am currently a student at the School of the Art Institute and have absolutely fallen in love with Glencoe Youth services. Working with GYS has been such a wonderful experience, 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 and James Friedman
Youth Mentors, GYS

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. 

Joaquin Guzman
Youth Mentor, GYS

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.

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Non Discrimination Statement

Glencoe Youth Services will not engage in discrimination in the provision of service or in the employment of any person based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program or political beliefs, in any program, activity or operation it conducts.

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