Groups -- Youth / Students

Youth / Students (General)

Champaign

Alateen (A,L)
This fellowship is for young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Meets Fri., 7:00 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church, State and University, Champaign. Additional local meetings are also available.
Call: Champaign-Urbana Al-Anon/Alateen Answering Service (866) 794-8515
Email:
Local Website: aa-eci.org
National Website: al-anon.alateen.org
Write: AFG - District 12, P.O. Box 3351, Champaign, IL 61826-3351

Brother II Brother (2009 F,P/L)
This community group is for young gay and bisexual men of color. The group provides a safe place for men to come together, socialize, have fun, and be themselves in a supportive environment. It is sponsored by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (C-UPHD). Meets Wed., 7:00-10:00 p.m., Mspot, 24 E. Green St., Green Street Center, Ste. 14, Champaign.
Call: Susan Johnson (217) 531-5373
Email:
Write: Susan Johnson, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W. Kenyan Rd., Champaign, IL 61820

GOALS (Going On Against Life's Struggles) (2011, F,L)
This support and empowerment group inspires, motivates, and encourages teen parents to set life goals. Monthly group meetings for teen moms, ages 13 to 21, include discussion, support, and 'mentor and mommy time'. The groups are about empowering minds, inspiring dreams, and encouraging healthy relationships. Free meal, child care, and transportation are provided. Meets 2nd Mon., 6:00-8:00 p.m., McKinley Foundation, 809 N. 5th St., Champaign.
Call: Tasha Thompson (217) 819-1976
Email:
Local Website: thegoalsproject.org
Write: GOALS Project, McKinley Foundation, 809 N. 5th St., Champaign, IL 61801

Parent Wonders (1990 A,P)
This program partners with families to nurture healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early-childhood years and to enhance the positive development of young children. The organization serves parents who reside in rural Champaign County (excluding Champaign, Urbana, and Mahomet) who have children from birth to 36 months. It focuses on at-risk pregnant women and parenting teens and families who have the greatest needs. Support and parent education is provided through a variety of programs, such as one-on-one consultations and home visiting services. Special programs are available for pregnant and parenting teens.
Call: Felicia Gooler, Developmental Service Center (217) 359-0287
Email:
Local Website: dsc-illinois.org
Write: 1304 W. Bradley Ave. Champaign, IL 61821

Rainbows For All Children (1983 A,P/L)
This program offers groups to help children who are grieving the loss of a parent or guardian due to death, divorce, deployment or other loss. Contact Rainbows to find groups.
Call: (847) 952-1770
Email:
National Website: rainbows.org
Write: Rainbows for All Children, 1007 Church St., Ste. 408, Evanston, IL 60201

Speak Out! (2008 F,P/L)
This group is for teens and young adults with disabilities. The group helps youth to speak up for their rights, socialize, and have a good time. It meets at the same time as the Parents of Adults with Disabilities support group. The group is sponsored by Community Choices, Inc. Bring snacks and drinks to share. Meets 2nd Thurs., 7:00-8:30 p.m., Sept.-May, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 Philo Rd., Urbana.
Call: Ryan Thompson at Community Choices (217) 621-1090
Email: -
Local Website: communitychoicesinc.org
Write: Community Choices, Inc., P.O. Box 17551, Urbana, IL 61803

Talk it UP - LGBTQ Youth Support Group (2010 F,P)
This peer-run LGBTQ support group is for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) middle- and high-school youth. LGBTQ youth can expect an atmosphere of acceptance and support while meeting other LGBTQ youth. The group is co-facilitated by two adults experienced in working with youth. However, the group is led by youth participants. Topics of conversation include coming out, dating, talking to parents, and other issues relevant to LGBTQ youth. Meets Mon., 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Call: UP Center- (217) 550-8954
Email: -
Local Website: unitingpride.org
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Young Lives Group (Champaign) (2008 A,L)
This group offers teen moms support and education, relief from the isolation and struggle of their daily lives, and hope for the future. Each meeting includes transportation, a free meal, child care, and fun activities. Meets 1st and 3rd Thurs., 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., during the school year. In the summer there are weekly play dates and a summer camp in July for moms and their babies. First Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Church St., Champaign.
Call: Erin Watson (217) 493-9537
Email:
National Website: younglife.org