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.
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.
Executive Director, Glencoe youth services
After graduating with a fashion and marketing degree from the Academy of Design in Chicago, Will worked at Adidas as a field agent and social purpose manager. There, Will coordinated activities that combined social-emotional learning and sports, eventually using his own time and money to build workshops. For this, he earned the company’s first-ever Social Purpose Award which was presented to him in a ceremony in Portland. Still, Will wanted to do something that could directly affect kids, and so left Adidas with the goal of more hands-on, community-based work. That's when he decided to join Glencoe Youth Services. Will dreams of the GYS being a place where students feel like they can be themselves
Assistant Director, Glencoe Youth Services
Pamela graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and is currently in school to receive her Masters in Social Work. Pamela's passion for youth work began as a youth mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters Chicago. Volunteering there, she realized that she is especially interested in the process of adolescent development as it unfolds within local environments for a better understanding about how to create settings that better support youth. Now with 10 years of experience, she has developed a wisdom and knowledge around the work that she will utilize in her role as the assistant director at Glencoe Youth Services. Her passion to empower youth coupled by her energetic personality brings her much excitement to have joined such a wonderful organization. Some of Pamela's other passions include world travel, discovering new cultures, and meaningful conversation
BSW Intern, Glencoe Youth Services
Jared is a current Bachelor's in social work student at Aurora University. Jared has several years of experience working with youth as well as adults with special needs. Jared enjoys hanging out, playing tennis and Working out.
Special Needs Adult Program
Daisy Franco, MSW, QMHP, CEOLS
Program Director, Special Needs Adult Program
Daisy is an accomplished and qualified mental health professional, with a Masters in Social Work, in mental health from Jane Addams College of Social Work - UIC. She also received a certification in Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Children & Adolescents approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Daisy's first experience working with people with special needs began during college where she worked for several non-profit organizations in respite and residential group homes settings. Daisy has a range of years in experience in serving at-risk youth, residential programming, resolving conflicts, and providing guidance for those in need. In addition to providing clinical case management, treating adults in mental health for chronic and severe mental illness, dual-integrated co-occurring disorders, self-harm behaviors, LGBTQ+ populations, substance abuse, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, developmentally disabled, crisis intervention, treatment analysis and planning. Daisy is prepared and enthusiastic to embark on a rewarding journey with SNAP to help built upon what has been already accomplished. Daisy's other passions include world traveling with her husband, spending time with their three furchildren, and volunteering for the community whenever possible.