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 »


TGIF 2015

TGIF PosterTGIF is coming to HMS on Friday March 13th!  Come and enjoy the party!  Attractions include several inflatables, a DJ, and photo booths.  Tickets can be purchased in the cafeteria during lunch one Tuesday March 10, Wednesday March 11, and Thursday March 12th.  Tickets are $12, and include admission, snacks, and pizza.  Water will be served throughout the night.  Please note that the photo booth pictures are not included with the price of admission. The cost is $1 per picture. Wristbands will be given to homeroom teachers for distribution on Friday morning.

Interested in volunteering at the event? Click Here.

Have any questions?  Look through our TGIF FAQ’s to see if we have already answered your questions.   See our list of   TGIF FAQ S.

Battle of the Bands 2015!


The battle takes place on Friday, February 6th at 7:00pm in the WJHS auditorium and this year features a record number of participants with over 17 acts performing in band and solo acts. 103.5 KISS-FM and The Rock House in Wilmette are this year’s sponsors. Rufio from KISS-FM will be there to serve as guest DJ. Tickets are $10 each at the door and include a raffle ticket for the chance to win prizes including an electric guitar and a pair of tickets to the Fall Out Boy and Paramore “Monumentour” show on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

In conjunction with Battle of the Bands, Youth Connection is holding a canned food drive for the New Trier Township Food Pantry. Each guest who brings in one or more unexpired cans of food on the evening of the Battle will receive one extra raffle ticket.

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