The information below comes from the City of Highland Park.
Since 1973, the City of Highland Park has been assisting in the social, recreational and emotional development of Highland Park’s preteen and teenage population through the Division of Youth Services.
The Firehouse Youth Center, a former fire station, is located at 1830 Green Bay Road, behind the brick water tower. Somewhat hard to find, but well worth the effort! As part of the fiscal year 2013 budget, the City Council authorized the expansion of youth services to better serve Highland Park youth and their families.
The mission of Youth Services is to meet the current needs of Highland Park’s youth and their parents through diverse programming and creating an environment in which healthy lifestyles, hope and opportunity are encouraged. The City’s operation builds on each child’s strengths through positive professional interactions, encouragement, support, and growth opportunities in a safe and supervised setting. All programs are available to students in grades six through eighth grade who are Highland Park residents or who attend Highland Park schools. Volunteer opportunities are also available for high school students.
“The importance of after school programs for middle school students and programs when school is not in session is critical,” stated Councilman Tony Blumberg. “The Division of Youth Services offers valuable, safe, and enjoyable programs in a fun setting for kids. It was evident to me that reinstating City resources to support children through this program was paramount”. As part of the Fiscal Year 2013 budget process, the City Council re-instated after school programs and programs when school is not in session, except for limited holidays.
A school year membership is available for $40 which entitles members to drop-in during hours of operation. Whether a student visits every day, once a week, or every once in a while, membership will allow entry. For an extra fee, transportation is provided from all three middle schools to the Firehouse. The “After 3” homework club provides highly trained adult supervisors offering child enriching activities that can develop their potential, build their confidence, and help them with their schoolwork.
The Firehouse opens early on days when District 112 has early release. Transportation is provided for students registered for that day of the week. On selected days off school, students may spend the day (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) for a fee of $50. Included in this fee is a day full of fun and socialization with friends, as well as lunch. Registration is required.
For further information, contact the Division of Youth Services at 847-433-3090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the Firehouse can also be found on the City’s web site at www.cityhpil.com.