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 »

Thank You

Youth Connection would like to thank Northshore Community Bank, the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club and the Womans Club of Wilmette for their generous sponsorship of our 2015-16 programming. More »


Your $upport is Appreciated!

Since 1988, Youth Connection has been committed to providing after school programs at low or no cost to Wilmette’s 5th to 8th graders. We know connected, engaged youth are vital to our community, and our programs encourage them to participate, learn and have fun in inclusive, accepting programs.

This year, more than 28% of Highcrest students and more than 55% of WJHS students participated in a Youth Connection program.

Youth Connection H.O.P.E Project

VocaliD Voicebank Service Project
Join Youth Connection to help us share the gift of voice!

Youth Connection will be hosting a Voice Drive from October 4, 2016 through May 26, 2017 to help provide people of all ages who use a machine to speak for them a unique and individual voice. We have set up our Voice Drive with VocaliD.

Key Dates for 2016-2017 Programs


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

RAD: starts August 29th
The DEN: starts August 29th
HMS Homework Club: starts September 6th
WJHS Homework Club: starts September 6th