Youth can feel overwhelmed, misunderstood, and alone. Help is available and trained individuals are ready to talk. The organizations below provide someone to speak with in times of need.
*If you are in need of immediate intervention, talk to your parent, guardian, or a trusted adult right away. Law Enforcement/Fire & Rescue/EMS (Emergency Medical Services) are always available - just call 911.*
Boys Town National Hotline (800-448-3000)
Offers free support 24/7 from a trained counselor by phone, text, online chat, and email.
National Crisis Text Line (741741)
Offers free support and information from a trained counselor 24/7 through text messaging. Text the word REACH to 741741 to begin the conversation. Crises may include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bullying, suicidal thoughts, or other examples of emotional stressors. Coordinated in DuPage County by https://www.kidsmatter2us.org/collaborative-youth-team/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK)
Offers free, confidential crisis support 24/7 to individuals in distress. Also offers prevention and resources for loved ones. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
National Runaway Safeline (800-RUNAWAY)
Offers anonymous, free support 24/7 to youth who have run away from home or are thinking about running away. https://www.1800runaway.org/
The Trevor Project (866-488-7386)
Offers crisis and suicide prevention 24/7 for LGBTQ youth, including safe, non-judgmental listening for youth needing to talk. Text and chat features are available.
National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233)
Offers confidential advocacy, support, and service coordination 24/7. Bilingual advocates available.
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline(866-331-8453) (text loveis to 22522)
Offers answers to questions about dating in general or a specific relationship. Or, if you are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, support and resources are available. You are not alone. Peer advocates can be reached 24/7/365. An online chat function is also available.
Offers confidential, free, crisis support 24/7 to victims of sexual violence/abuse as well as their friends and family members.
National Bullying Helpline
Offers free and confidential help for kids and teens over the age of 13. It is intended to assist those who are victims of all forms of bullying and those who may be at-risk for suicide as a result of being bullied. Counselors have been specially trained to assist kids and teens who are feeling distressed as a result of being bullied. Click the link below, scroll to the bottom of the page, and press Click to Enter Here to begin chatting online with a counselor.
Say Something (1-844-5-SAYNOW)
Offers a secure, anonymous way to report safety concerns BEFORE someone hurts themselves or others. You can submit an anonymous tip 24/7 via phone call, app, or on the website. Tips are screened and information is given to local police and/or school personnel when appropriate.
Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) is a national organization that supports LGBTQ people, their families and friends through local PFLAG chapter help lines, support group meetings, and locally and nationally produced resources. PFLAG also offers education and advocacy.
The PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois is a loose coalition of PFLAG chapters within the greater Chicagoland area. Visit their website for local chapters serving DuPage County and specific communities within our county. Explore the resources page for books, movies, resources, articles, guides, and other organizations. Resource are useful for LGBTQ people and their straight allies.
Social service agency in Illinois solely dedicated to the support of LGBTQ+ youth. Youth Outlook works in 6 counties in the Chicago suburbs, offering drop-in centers for youth, parent support, and community education.
FREE, confidential support provided by trained volunteers.
National Youth Talkline (ages 25 and younger)
Hotline is available:
Monday-Friday 3PM-11PM; Saturdays 11AM-4PM
Peer-Support Online Chat (see site for time restrictions)
Weekly Youth Chatrooms (see site for meeting times)
FREE peer support from trained South Asian LGBQ/TGNB+ volunteers. Topics may include questions about coming out, family/culture/religion, locating community support in your area, finding a doctor/lawyer/therapist, LGBTQ parenting, advice for a friend/family member, etc.
Online Support - someone will respond within a week
Talk - volunteers are available Thursdays 7-9PM CST and Sundays 7-9PM CST
Offers trans peer support - run by and for trans people. Services available in English and Spanish. Services likely available 24/7 but operators are guaranteed to answer 9AM-4AM CST.
Individuals qualify for the HSE program if:
COD's HSE program prepares you to pass the GED. HSE classes, textbooks, and tutoring are FREE and offered at several locations across DuPage County. Online classes also available. Classes and testing offered in English and Spanish.
Placement tests are required before starting HSE classes
FREE English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes develop your conversation, listening and speaking, reading and writing skills.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school
Talk to your school counselor and search online for scholarships to support you in achieving educational goals. There are lots of sties offering support and guidance. See below for an example.
Programming supported through federal funding to educate, connect, and develop the workforce in DuPage County. Services include:
FREE education/job training, resume & interview assistance, explore career pathways, and connections to local employers.
workNet DuPage provides eligible young adults ages 17 to 24 with free career and employment services to help them start a career with a future.
Text MYWAY to 630-5857-0842 or visit Youth Services - workNet DuPage Career Center
The Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) program is available to high school graduates and those seeking to attain the HSE. Earn in-demand certification in Office Technology, Manufacturing, or Entrepreneurship. Also available to advanced adult ESL students. Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) | Continuing Education (cod.edu)
TEEN PARENT CONNECTION
Community-based organization serving pregnant and parenting youth ages 12-22. They offer a spectrum of services aimed at educating and supporting young parents.
Pre-Natal/Child Birthing Classes (8-week program; evening classes)
Doula Program (pregnancy support + 6-8 weeks of support post-delivery; weekly in-home visits)
Post-Partum Groups (4-week group; evening classes for those in their first year of parenting; peer led education)
Young Parent Support Groups (evenings from 6-8pm; meal provided)
Counseling Services (offered during the school year; outside referral made as needed)
PARENTS AS TEACHERS
Supports children from the prenatal period through preschool as well as their parents. This early childhood intervention program offers routine parent education, discusses stages of healthy child development, offers developmental screening, and is FREE to parents residing in select DuPage School Districts. We partner with the following school districts in DuPage County: Addison SD 4, Bensenville SD 2, Community Consolidated SD 93, Fenton SD 100, Keeneyville SD 20, Marquart SD 15, Queen Bee SD 16, Roselle SD 12, Villa Park SD 45, Wood Dale SD 7, Woodridge SD 68
Contact Vicki Trotter (email@example.com), Director - Parents as Teachers Program
and/or view these links for additional information:
Project HOPE (Birth to 3 Program) - West Chicago School District 33 (630-473-0778)
Offers services to qualifying families with children ages birth to 3 years old. This is an early education intervention program that focuses on parent-child Interactions, developmental-centered parenting, and family well-being and connections to resources. Families expecting a baby or with children under age 3 are screened for the program using our needs matrix. Contact Project HOPE for a screening to determine eligibility.
Community-based organization in Aurora focused on building strong family foundations.
School-Based Parenting Programs for Pregnant and Parenting Teens (targeted specifically for teens still in school)
Parenting Education Programs (skill building to prevent or address issues related to child abuse or neglect; group format with other families for support and information sharing)
WAYS (Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services)
Community-based organization which assists local residents develop supports and skills.
STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) (teaches parents to understand their child's behavior, communication, setting limits, and applying consequences)
EVANGELICAL CHILD AND FAMILY AGENCY
Offers a variety of supports. Services include:
Parenting Services (support in making decisions about parenting when pregnant)
Expungement can be a challenging process to understand. There may be costs associated with expungement. The links below can help you understand what types of juvenile cases can be expunged and how to request the process in eligible cases. These resources offer answers to frequently asked questions, definitions associated with the process, and links to important documents.
The Illinois legislature made important changes to expungement laws, effective January 1, 2018. Public Act 100-0285 http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=100-0285
If you still have questions, contact the attorney involved in your case for guidance.
Illinois Legal Aid Online
The Office of the State Appellate Defender
DuPage County Clerk of the Circuit Court
Illinois Supreme Court- Approved Statewide Documents
No Means No (and I Love You)
Looking Behind the Screen
Time to Talk: Dangers Behind Electronic Cigarettes