Free Drop-in Hours:

Mondays & Wednesdays

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM


3:00 – 7:00 PM

(Inside Community Christian Church)

78 S Lasalle St. Aurora, IL

ALIVE Aurora Teen Center!

We’ve partnered with Community Christian Church to bring the ALIVE Center for Teens to Aurora! Our center is Teen-Led Teen-Driven™ (TLTD). We offer free after-school drop-in hours, tutoring, mentoring, workshops, summer clubs and teen programs in various practices that support physical and emotional well-being and inspire personal growth and purpose. Topics include leadership, nutrition, and healthy eating, stress management, community service projects, healing arts through music, art and dance, meditation, creative writing, mindfulness, and more!

Free Tutoring

ALIVE Aurora offers free tutoring services in partnership with LITE and local teen volunteers.
Tutoring will be held every Monday 4 – 5 pm. 

First come first serve! #JustShowUP


Cara Jacob

Teen Advisory President

Learn More About Cara

Cara is a Senior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). At school, Cara is the President of the clubs: “Save the Children Network (SCAN)” and “Girls Learn International (GLI)” and serves as a board member for the Students Promoting Awareness, Resiliency, and Knowledge for mental wellness (SPARK) club. Cara’s favorite subjects are Biology and Chemistry. Outside of school, Cara enjoys playing tennis and represents IMSA’s varsity tennis team, watching movies, and shopping.  She is excited to serve as the President for the 2023 – 2024 Teen Advisory Board.

Aniesa Acevedo

Teen Advisory Vice President

Learn More About Aniesa

Aniesa is a Junior at West Aurora High School. She is a part of the Varsity Drill Team that travels around the country competing in drill competitions. She also is in marching band and is currently in the top jazz band and second to first concert band. She enjoys crafting things for herself and her friends as a form of relaxation. This coming up year will be her third year as a T.A.B. member and her first on the executive board. ALIVE has practically raised her since she was a little freshie:)

Varma Chintalapati

Teen Advisory Board Member

Learn More About Varma

Varma is a Senior at Neuqua Valley High School, where he is involved in activities such as tennis, student government, rocket club, and math honors society. Varma and some of his friends also lead workshops during school breaks where they teach kids important skills which are very valuable in the real world. When he is not in school Varma enjoys running, dancing, coding, hanging out with friends, and so much more. He plans to pursue a career in S.T.E.M., more specifically with a Computer Science major. His goal is to one day develop and improve newer forms of Artificial Intelligence to make a great impact in the world’s technological industry. Varma loves meeting and interacting with new people in his community. He is always looking for opportunities to explore and find his passions, and he is excited to do the same with others in ALIVE T.A.B.

Aayush Jha

Teen Advisory Board Member

Learn More About Aayush

Aayush is a Junior at Naperville North and will graduate in 2025. He moved to Illinois from Tennessee in August of 2021. Before he lived in Tennessee for 3 years, he lived in Colorado for 6 years. He has many hobbies including activities like competitive coding and chess. He believes that with his extensive experience in programming, and his ability to teach students he can contribute a lot to the ALIVE Center. Even though this is his first year doing it he has hopes to make a difference in the community, and cannot wait to see what happens in the future!

Priscila Adela

Teen Advisory Board Member

Learn More About Priscila

Priscila is a Senior at West Aurora High School. She expresses her anticipation for collaborating with T.A.B. members and focusing on enhancing her leadership abilities and growth mindset during the upcoming year. Furthermore, Priscila shares her initiative of establishing a group called LEAD4CHANGE at the ALIVE Center. She expresses gratitude for the opportunity to create something meaningful and enthusiastically encourages fellow students to participate in the various programs offered by the ALIVE Center, emphasizing that it is WORTH IT!

Colin Campbell

Teen Advisory Board Member

Learn More About Colin

Colin is a Senior year at Wheaton Academy and will graduate in 2024. At school, he is involved in Sports Broadcasting, Engineering design, Hockey, Lacrosse, and more! In his free time, Colin enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends, biking, lifting, and cooking. Colin knows 5 coding languages and is passionate about going into S.T.E.M. as a career in either engineering or computer science. This is Colin’s first year on the Aurora Teen Advisory Board, and he is excited to take on a more active role of volunteering and make a difference in his community!

James Carsello

Teen Advisory Board Member

Learn More About James

James is a Junior at Naperville North High school, Class of 2025. He enjoys learning about coding, history, and playing video games. He also loves basketball, whether it be watching or playing it. Through his knowledge of programming, he hopes to reach the youth of his community, and support them in the realm of S.T.E.M.

Crystal Barraza

Teen Advisory Board Member

Learn More About Crystal

Crystal is a Senior at West Aurora High School, Class of 2024. Some of the school clubs she is a part of include Empowered Women of the Future, Girls Run the World, and Global Minds. Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, shopping, and reading. Her favorite subjects are Math and Biology. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. Although this will be her first and last year in ALIVE T.A.B., she hopes to leave a mark by making a difference in the community.

Apply to ALIVE Aurora's Teen Advisory Board

TAB is a working board and leadership program; they organize into committees to see programs and events through from conception to fruition. The staff at ALIVE supports the TAB in their work with mentoring and guidance, but the teens are doing the majority of the work to see that their passions and ideas are realized. Our TAB makes a real impact on the organization and on the community through their work and its members obtain real life leadership skills.

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Ady Sepulveda

Ady Sepulveda

ALIVE Aurora Manager

A long-time resident of Aurora, Ady Sepulveda is a young Latina woman who has a passion for working with youth. In 2016 she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology, 2019 a Master’s in Social work from Aurora University, and in 2020 became a licensed social worker. Ady was one of the first university students to intern at the ALIVE Center for teens in 2017. A non-profit that serves teens 5-12th grade and helps them find a sense of belonging, resiliency, discovery, and leadership.  ALIVE was the internship she was hoping for, and it solidified her love of making meaningful connections with today’s youth. Seeing the impact a teen center such as ALIVE had on teens launched her dream of having an ALIVE Center in her city of Aurora one day. Today, Ady is continuing her journey with ALIVE, and she has joined the team as the drop-in Manager for ALIVE’s new downtown Aurora location. She inspires teens to take on leadership roles, be creative, and find a place of belonging.

Have a question or looking to partner with ALIVE Aurora? Reach out to Ady!