FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 28, 2020

Naperville, IL – Alive Center Responds to eLearning in the Fall
Naperville, IL – The Alive Center, Naperville’s teen center, responds to the community’s needs as the Naperville District 203 Return to Learn 2.0 eLearning plan is implemented September 1. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect everyone’s “normal” way of life, specifically child care with remote learning, Alive responds by creating a comprehensive eLearning Space @ Alive for middle schoolers, partnering with Naperville School District 203.

The Alive Center and District 203 saw the need for supervised care at the middle school level. As D203 parents and guardians look for alternatives to leaving their pre-teen children at home alone due to working outside of the home, need assistance when trying to fulfill the dual role of teacher and employee, or desire for their children to have connections outside of the home, eLearning Space @ Alive, can fill that void.

“We saw a need for our junior high students to have a place where they could participate in eLearning with access to resources while their parents worked,” said Stephanie Posey, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary. “We are thankful for our partnership with the Alive Center and will provide technical support, as well as a Naperville 203 liaison to support our junior high learners.”

Effective September 1, 2020, the Alive Center has multiple eLearning spaces for District 203 middle school students available Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. eLearning Space @ Alive makes it easy for families to coordinate schedules. By purchasing a Membership/Virtual Punch Card, families are able to purchase on an as-needed basis, customizing which days their student will attend eLearning @ Alive! Alive provided early registration for D203 S.U.C.C.E.S.S. students before opening up registration to the public.

1 day = $40
5 days = $190 (5% off)
10 days = $360 (10% off)
20 days = $680 (15% off)
40 days = $1280 (20% off)

eLearning Space @ Alive provides:
– A supervised space to eLearn during school hours
– A space where safety guidelines are followed, limited capacity to ensure social distancing, and – masks required for everyone at the Center
– Lunch available to order from Aramark and delivered to Alive (fee may apply)
– Transportation available by Tuk Tuk of Naperville to/from Alive (fee may apply)
– Wifi for students to connect
– Printers are available
– Making connections and building relationships with other students
– Limited partial and full scholarships available

Additionally, Alive is committed to continuing regular programming and encourages students to stay after eLearning is complete for Drop-in! Drop-in is Alive’s staple FREE program for any 6th – 12th grader to #JustShowUp and visit with friends, play games, discover, learn and come Alive! Drop-in hours are available Monday – Friday 3pm – 7pm effective September 1. No pre-registration is required.

– Snacks available to fuel kids during work and play
– Virtual Tutoring options for kids in grades K-12
– Mentoring Program pairing Jr. High kids with High School mentors to help support them during eLearning, emotionally, socially and academically
– NEW full-time Spanish-speaking Social Worker on staff

Alive is seeking volunteers and donors to support eLearning Space @ Alive. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up. If you are interested in donating, we are seeking full or partial scholarship sponsors to support e-learners who are unable to afford the daily fee. For more information contact Kandice Henning at 630.802.2547 or Kandice@alivecenter.org and review the Q&A document.

Centrally located in north Naperville, the Alive Center provides teens with a unique place to connect, discover and come alive! Our mission is to be a Teen-Led, Teen-Driven© (TLTD) center focused on empowering the youth of today to become the impassioned, resilient leaders of tomorrow. As a nonprofit organization Alive offers free drop-in hours after school and over the summer as well as a myriad of programs, classes and events, designed to build confident and resilient teens.

On any given day at Alive one will find teen-led tutoring, mentoring and clubs as well as life skill classes such as unstructured art and dance, nutrition and healthy cooking, stress management, open music venues, creative writing and just plain fun! Alive is a place to belong and learn important life skills. Alive’s paid programming and facility rentals help fully utilize the space while allowing the community to support our local teens.