– Inspirations –

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

- Dr. Seuss


For over 45 years, the YO has provided a variety of recreational and service-oriented programming at our drop-in center where young people can find support as they develop their individual identities.  This leaves teens with plenty of opportunities to get involved through our Youth Leadership Board, social service projects, music events, and safe after-school hangout spot.

The WYO provides a place where teens can express their individuality in an accepting environment, and where they can develop meaningful relationships with peers and adult mentors.

Opportunities Available with Winnetka Youth Organization

Social Service Saturday – Project Linus

  Date: Saturday, January 26th, 2019 Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm We will be making blankets and donating them to children in need. Participate in this creative volunteer opportunity!   Grades…


Social Service Saturday – Heartland Animal Shelter

Date: Saturday, January 19th, 2018 Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm Volunteer at Heartland Animal Shelter! We will be helping to clean the animal kennels, including making them up with fresh bedding,…


Social Service Saturday – WPD Winter Carnival

  Date: Saturday, January 12th, 2019 Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm Help out at the Winnetka Park District’s Winter Carnival! Assist with setup, and then run games for kids and hand…


Social Service Saturday – WYO Hat Making

  Date: Saturday, January 5th, 2019 Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm Help the WYO create a set of logo-embossed hats using the embroidery machine at the Winnetka Library’s studio, and learn…


Winnetka Holiday Give, Sip, and Shop!

On Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th, if the customer says “I AM SHOPPING WITH WINNETKA YOUTH ORGANIZATION”, they can receive exclusive discounts, free drinks & treats, and a…


Social Service Saturday – Stuff Envelopes for Youth Program Fundraising

The Winnetka Youth Organization is opening its doors to the community. Here is your chance to find out what we are all about! Come to the Winnetka Youth Organization during…


Social Service Saturday Trinity Church Pumpkin Sale

Date & Time: October 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Description:  Trinity Church in Wilmette is hosting its annual pumpkin sale! Help move, lift, and carry pumpkins for customers…


Social Service Saturday Wagner Farm

Date & Time: October 13th, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Description:  Help Wagner Farm set up for its Harvest Supper event! Assist in organizing the space and getting it…


Social Service Saturday Bike Winnetka Cheering

Date & Time: September 29th, 2018 @ 2:50 pm – 4:00 pm Bike Winnetka is a scenic ride through Winnetka for all ages, and they need volunteers to guide and…


Social Service Saturday Beach Cleanup

Date & Time: September 15th, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm Summer is coming to a close, so let’s clean up our beaches! In partnership with the Ocean Conservancy’s…


Feed My Starving Children

Pack dried meals to help feed children around the world! Do your part to end world hunger. Transportation is available, but space is limited, so it’s first-come, first-serve!   For…


Skokie Lagoons Volunteering

Date: Saturday, August 11th, 2018 Time: 10am to 1pm Remove invasive plants from Skokie Lagoons with the Forest Preserve of Cook County! Work with other volunteers to remove invasive species…


Bernie’s Book Bank Volunteering August 2018

Date: August 25, 2018 Time: 9am to 11am We’ll be sorting children’s books to donate to kids without access to them! Transportation available from the Winnetka Youth Organization, upon request…


Soup Kitchen Volunteering

The Winnetka Youth Organization is looking for volunteers for our trip to an Evanston soup kitchen on July 28th, from 11:00 to 12:30! Experience the rewarding feeling of helping in…


Winnetka Youth Organization Pup and Car Wash

The Winnetka Youth Organization will be hosting a Pup and Carwash Fundraiser on Saturday, June 30. All proceeds will benefit the WYO.Bring your car and your dog! We are currently…


Watersmeet Woods Volunteer Workday

The Winnetka Youth Organization is looking for volunteers to clear invasive species and brush from Watersmeet Woods in Northfield with the Forest Preserves of Cook County! Come help us maintain…


Bernie’s Book Bank Volunteering

Come to Bernie’s Book Bank with the WYO to help sort children’s books! These books will be donated to at-risk kids in the Chicagoland area! It is vitally important for…


Heartland Animal Shelter Volunteering

Volunteer with the Winnetka Youth Organization at Heartland Animal Shelter! Help clean cages and kennels in the morning, and reward yourself with some supervised interaction with the shelter dogs afterwards!…


Forest Preserve Restoration Workday

The Winnetka Youth Organization needs teens to help identify and remove invasive plants from a Northbrook nature trail on Saturday, April 7 2018, from 10am to 12pm! Transportation will be…


Volunteer at the Holiday Give, Sip, and Shop in Winnetka

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Holiday Give, Sip, and Shop in Winnetka’s shopping districts. The event is hosted by Winnetka Youth Organization and a percentage of proceeds from…


Join the WYO Board of Directors

Join Our Board of Directors: Community members with an interest in area teens are encouraged to join the board of the Winnetka Youth Organization. The board meets the 3rd Wednesday…


Ongoing Opportunities:

Join Our Board of Directors:
Community members with an interest in area teens are encouraged to join the board of the Winnetka Youth Organization. The board meets the 1st Friday of every month from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Winnetka Community House.

Opportunities Available: Monday Evenings