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North Point Opens Their Doors

Sep 02, 2021 11:46AM ● By Editor
Photos submitted by Brad and Brooke Shannon

By Brad Shannon of North Point Foundation - September 2, 2021

If you’re unfamiliar with North Point we are excited to introduce ourselves to you.  We are a faith-based non-profit organization with a mission to end hopelessness among teens in our community.  We believe that teens are a vital part of our community and that growth happens from the inside out.  Through grace-based programs and environments, we want to help teens learn to believe in their value and worth, their capabilities, and their potential. 

For the past couple of months, we’ve been working to create a great space to begin programming and for teens to spend time together in a healthy safe space.  

Beginning the first week of school, here is what things will look like. You can also find it on our website: https://www.npyouth.org/programs

  • Drop-in Mon-Thu 3:30-5:30pm 

    • Mon/Tue/Thu: 8th-12th grades

    • Wednesday: 6-8th grades

    • Open Hours for youth to drop-in and hang out, do homework, chill, connect with friends, read a book, craft, charge their phone, wait before work or school event, or whatever. A safe space available to our teens.

    • Begins Wed, September 8th 

  • Connect: Monday's 6:00-7:30pm

    • 8th-12th grades, meal provided 

    • Community Youth Group. A chance to learn more about our God-given purpose, develop spiritual & personal life skills needed to grow into healthy young adults. It’s also a time for teens to unwind and have fun!

    • Begins Mon, October 4th 

  • Support Group: Tuesday's 6:00-7:30pm

    • 8th-12th grades, meal provided  

    • A time when teens give voice to the struggles they’re facing and talk about what’s really going on in their lives. Creates a space where teens feel safe sharing & receive support from peers and adult leaders.

    • Begins Tue, September 7th 

  • Mentoring

    • An opportunity to get connected with a safe, caring adult. They serve as a consistent presence and a positive voice.

  • Events 

    • A place to host local school or sporting events, special events, or other opportunities for teens.

  • Experiences 

    • Whether we offer a local or outdoor adventure, outing, retreats, camp, or more; it will be an opportunity for positive shared experiences.

As with anything that is new, we are confident this schedule will grow and change as we grow and adapt to the needs of the community and input from teens.  We are excited to be a part of the larger community working together to make Cook County a great place for kids.

Brad Shannon

Executive Director


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