Free Summer Drop-in Hours:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

1:00-5:00 PM

At Community Christian Church

78 S Lasalle St. Aurora, IL

Alive is Aurora’s New 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, 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!

2022 Alive Aurora Summer Camps

Sponsored by Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation

Youth4SciTech Stem Immersive Camp

Youth4SciTech is a youth-led organization motivated to get students from elementary and middle school involved in the Science and Technology fields. In this camp teens will participate in activities that educate them about the STEM field. Our teen leads will have fun computer science activities for the camp participants, where they can win prizes and learn more about the field. Teen leads will also create immersive and educational science labs with simple materials to keep children engaged.

July 25th, July 27th, July 29th

2-3 pm

Grades 5-9

Girls Engineering Camp

A Girls Coding Club, Led by girls for girls! Teens will be able to learn the basics of coding and use their skills to make games and other cool projects. All experience levels are welcome. Girls in this camp will also get a chance to build and program various robots. This will not only give them coding experience but Engineering Experience as well!

July 25th, 27th, 29th

1-2 pm

Grades 5-9

Alive Aurora summer camps are FREE! #JustShowUP


Aniesa Acevedo

Teen Advisory Board Member

Learn More About Aniesa

Aniesa Acevedo is a freshman at West Aurora.
Major band kid, trumpet player.
Her dream is to travel the world. She’s the eldest of five siblings. She’s quiet until you get to know her and she is super excited for her SFX program to grow.

Sam Serrano

Teen Advisory Board Member

Learn More About Sam
Sam is 17 years old. Sam is a junior at West Aurora High School. In school, Sam participates in French Club and is a member of National Honor Society. Sam’s favorite subjects are Math and Psychology. Outside of school Sam enjoys listening to music, creating art, reading, baking, watching movies, learning new things, and shopping. This is Sam’s first year as a TAB member.

Gabriel Bradford

Teen Advisory Board Member

Learn More About Gabriel

Gabriel Bradford is a junior in homeschool. He is a choir kid and plays piano. Gabriel enjoys being involved in the community and actively participates in community events and forums. In his free time, Gabriel likes to hang out with friends, play piano, watch musicals, sing, network, and learn new things! His favorite pastime is volunteering because it allows him to meet amazing people who he learns so much from. He has a passion for business and marketing and his dream is to open a business in Aurora. This is his first year as a member of TAB and his first ever position on a Teen Advisory Board! He can’t wait to make great things happen with his fellow TAB members. 

Myra Redfern

Teen Advisory Board Member

Learn More About Myra
Myra’s a Junior at West Aurora High School and she enjoys performing in plays, playing with her pets, and hanging out with her friends. She has interest in going into physics later on since she loves studying it, and she reads a lot of books in her free time. She also likes watching shows and creating theories about them with her brother

Diana Rivera

Teen Advisory Board Member

Learn More About Diana
Diana is a junior at West Aurora High School. She loves being a part of the Empowered Women of the Future club at her school and her favorite interests include reading literary fiction and watching her favorite anime, Tokyo Ghoul. She hopes to help bridge women empowerment and culture and diversity through programs at Alive.

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 Rubio

Ady Rubio

Alive Aurora Manager

A long-time resident of Aurora, Ady Rubio 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? Reach out to Ady!