Recreational Academic Development More »


A supervised after-school meeting place where 7th and 8th graders visit with friends, read, play games, work on service projects, enjoy snacks, and listen to music. More »

Homework Clubs

The Homework Clubs offer a quiet place where students can work on assignments, discuss group projects, and use the LMC’s computers and library resources. More »


Helping Others a Personal Experience: community service programs designed to give our youth the opportunity to support the work of local social service agencies and put their idealism to work in a way that is meaningful to them and to their community. More »

The Theatre Experience

The YC Theatre Experience at Highcrest and Wilmette Junior High are highly regarded – and popular – theatrical productions. that give a large cast of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade youth an opportunity to display their talents in professionally directed stage productions. More »


The Golden Goose Will Be Performed At Highcrest on November 7 and 8

In this modern adaptation of The Golden Goose, Simon, the youngest of three siblings, is reluctantly entrusted by his family to complete some garden chores after his two older siblings unsuccessfully attempt the same tasks. All three siblings are approached by a mysterious hungry stranger who begs for a small piece of brownie and sip of water, but Simon is the only one who offers to share his snack. Simon is rewarded by the mysterious stranger and receives a special gift for his kind and selfless act. Drawn by the beauty of the golden feathers of the Goose, two young ladies attempt to pluck a feather from the goose resting in a sleeping Simon’s hands, and end up getting stuck. The trio enlists the help of several passer-bys, whom also become stuck in a hilarious parade of characters who decide to head to the castle to get help from the King. This endearing adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm Fairytale reminds us that a small act of kindness can change someone’s life. the golden goose

Director Stuart Conlon is a long time resident of Wilmette who was first bitten by the theater bug while attending Wilmette Junior High. He tried out for Youth Connection’s 2003 Spring Musical “Guy and Dolls” and discovered his love for stage acting and theater production. Stuart fostered his love of live theater when he headed to Ireland to study theater. In 2011, Stuart graduated from The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Upon his return to Wilmette, he has acted in a variety of local productions, worked with the Children’s Theater of Wilmette at the Wilmette Park District, as well as working with Youth Connection on several of our productions, including the fall 2012 production of Peter Pan, fall 2013 production of Alice in Wonderland and our spring 2014 production of Grease. Stuart is very excited for the opportunity to work with Youth Connection again.

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The Golden Goose

Date & Time Ticket Type Price Quantity  
November 7, 2014 7:30 pm Gen Adm $10.00
November 8, 2014 5:30 pm Gen Adm $10.00

Key Dates for 2014-2015 Programs Announced

calendarHere are some important dates for Youth Connection events and activities. More information about each will be published on this site.

RAD: starts September 2nd
The DEN: starts September 2nd
HMS Homework Club: starts September 8th
WJHS Homework Club: start TBD, but most likely September 8th
WJHS Art Club: starts October 7th

HMS Fall Play performances: November 7th and 8th (The Golden Goose)
Battle of the Bands info meeting: December 18th
Battle of the Bands: February 6th
TGIF: March 13th
WJHS Spring Musical performance dates: April 17th, 18th, and 19th
RAD open House for incoming 5th graders: June 2nd

The Third Wilmette Pub Crawl on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

BeerWe are excited to announce the 3rd Wilmette Pub Crawl!  This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors for a drink, support Wilmette businesses, and raise money for Youth Connection and Wilmette’s Warming House Youth Center! The Wilmette Pub Crawl will be held in downtown Wilmette on Thursday October 2nd from 7pm to 11 pm.  Pre-sale Wristbands are $15 per person or 2 for $25 each, donations will be collected online!  With your Donation/ wristband, you will receive discounted drinks and food throughout the night and a free beer mug!! To purchase a wristband, go to www.wilmettepubcrawl.com.