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 »


Volunteer Service Hours Available!

service hours

Need Volunteer Hours?  Click here to sign up for Youth Connection’s ongoing community service project, contributing young voices to The Human VoiceBank, which maps the vocal genome to share the gift of voice with those who speak using machines.

Students can log service hours in 30-minute increments in the WJHS Learning Commons or the HMS LMC, and our Homework Club supervisor will sign their service hour sheets.

NOTE:  Students must use a personal (Not D39) email account when logging into the Human VoiceBank.

FREE Online Enrollment for 2016-17 Now Available!

Free, online enrollment for next year’s RAD, the DEN and Homework Clubs is now available! If you think your child might use RAD, the DEN or the Homework Clubs even once during the 2016-17 school year, we encourage you to fill out an online form today so we can plan staff and activities and so you can make your back-to-school experience less hectic!

However, be assured, there is no deadline for signing up and no penalty for not attending. These will remain drop-in programs; you can fill out a form the day of any attendance.

Key Dates for 2015-2016 Programs Announced


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

RAD: starts August 31st
The DEN: starts August 31st
HMS Homework Club: starts September 9th
WJHS Homework Club: starts September 9th