Warming House Youth Center

About Warming House Youth Center

The Warming House Youth Center provides a safe, supervised, and substance-free atmosphere where teen ownership and decision-making opportunities thrive. Our trained staff encourages growth and acceptance, promotes communication, and helps develop the skills of high school aged teens.

Warming House staff members provide teen supervision during all open shift hours. They aim primarily to create a welcoming, nurturing and accepting atmosphere so that teens feel at home at the Center. Staff members enforce limits and boundaries, address problem behavior, and de-escalate conflict in order to maintain a safe environment. They also build strong, healthy, trusting relationships with participants so that teens feel comfortable opening up to staff. Additionally, the Center’s confidentiality policy allows teens to talk openly with staff, without the threat of their comments being spread to others. Staff members encourage youth leadership through the Youth Leadership Board, and through ongoing programs and activities. Teens are always enlisted in program planning, implementation, and decision-making processes.


Current Opportunities at Warming House Youth Center

Youth Leadership Board

Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to apply to become a member of the Warming House Youth Leadership Board.  YLB teens are responsible for assisting with fundraising events, doing outreach within the middle, junior high, and high schools, implementing programs at the Warming House, and participating in service events and activities.
Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Children Under 16

Staff Members

We look for new staff members on an ongoing basis.  Staff members must have at least junior standing in college.  We prefer that undergraduate and graduate level students have some knowledge of, or academic background in, psychology or social work.  At a minimum they should have an interest in working with youth and acting as a supportive counselor.  Staff members are asked to stay for one year minimum.  Ongoing training and supervision is provided.

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Internships, People Over 16

Board of Directors


Board Member Responsibilities


Since 1971, The Warming House Youth Center has served local youth as a drop-in Center.  Located in Howard Park in Wilmette, the Center offers a safe, supervised, and substance-free hang out to teens in grades 8-12.  On Saturday evenings and for some special events, 6th and 7th grade students take part in many types of programming.

The Center has a highly-skilled, 12-person staff with a vested interest in youth.  Teens are welcome to discuss any personal issues with staff in a respectful and confidential environment.    Our Warming House staff creates a welcoming atmosphere for nearly 700 teens per year, and over 3,200 teen visits!

Warming House Programs

The Warming House offers an array of structured programs at little or no cost, including:

·         Recreation, including concerts, barbecues, game tournaments, movie nights, outings·         Multicultural Events

·         Volunteer Events Youth Leadership Board

·         Community Service Creative Arts

·         Academic Assistance


Volunteer Board Members Roles and Expectations

  1. Board Meetings: The Warming House Youth Center is led by a group of committed Board of Directors which plays an active and critical role in the stewardship of the Center.  The Board meets on a monthly basis and attendance at these meetings is expected.
  2. Ad Hoc Committees: Much of the important work of the Board accomplished through ad hoc com­mit­tees, providing the opportunity for smaller groups to explore and plan for important Board matters that are then presented to the larger Board for consideration.  For example, ad hoc committees are routinely used to plan fund-raising events, such as the Spring Benefit, Bowl-a-thon and the Community Block Party.  Additionally, ad hoc groups have convened to brainstorm new fund-raising opportunities, review our long-range plan, and to discuss marketing outreach programs.  Board members are encouraged to join these discussions based on their interests or expertise.
  3. Financial Support: Board Members have a key responsibility to ensure the Center’s long term financial security as well as achieving its annual financial goals, particularly:
    • to help identify and secure all potential areas of funding support,
    • to invite their individual and corporate contacts to support Warming House events, especially the annual benefit, and
    • to make an annual personal gift.
  4. Term: Board members serve a minimum two-year term.

To learn more or be considered for Board membership, please contact Cynthia Doucette, Executive Director (cynthia@warminghouse.org ; 847.256.5288) or Joe Feldman, Board President (josfeldman@cs.com; 312.961.2099).

Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: People Over 16
Days: Thursday
Times: Evenings

Ongoing Opportunities with Warming House Youth Center

Board Members: Working with our board of directors is a great way to support the youth of our community

Good For: Internships, People Over 16, Seniors
Days: Tuesday
Times: Afternoons
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