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How to Foster Kindness and Civility with your Child in Today’s World

In today’s fast paced society and with the explosion of social media and advances in technology it is often difficult to shelter our child from all of the stressors associated with the use and misuse of information.  What we do know is that helping others is good for society, for our social and emotional development and health.

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, an internationally recognized developmental psychologist conducted a study where high school students and adolescents who volunteered with young children an hour a week over a ten week period showed higher levels of empathy, altruism (helping behaviors outside the volunteer hour) and even a lowered risk of heart disease.

Civility is also one of the most important lessons that you can teach your children.  Helping your children understand how to respect others, and why they need to do this is just as important.   As a parent teaching your children civility and volunteerism is one effective way to foster empathy and kindness in youth.

The following article titled “How to Teach Civility to Kids” is an excellent resource for parents who want to foster civility in their children.


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Did you know that Hanover Township provides you with an affordable professional Tutoring Services Program?    As your children start a new school year, your child will be met with more advanced learning and tougher homework assignments.  There is no shame in getting your child the additional support and instruction - and absolutely no reason to break the bank obtaining the assistance. 

For only $45.00 per semester, our Tutoring Services Program offers you access to board certified teachers who can teach and assist your child with their academics and study skills.  To better inform you about our tutoring program, we asked some of our student’s parents to share how they felt about this Program.    Here is what they said:

“My child is eager to learn now; she feels she’s ahead of the game.  The investment of time and money are justified.  I would recommend this program to others.”

“I think it’s an awesome program and there isn’t a lot out there that is affordable.”   They (children) like coming and never complained.  They don’t feel like it’s boring.  They are very appreciative, it really helped a lot.  I was very pleased with the program.”

All children learn in different ways.  A small group tutoring session can make the difference on the next report card.  Tutoring groups are developed based on age, subject matter, and learning needs that are identified by referring teachers. 

“Last year 244 students participated in the Township’s tutoring program,” said Brian P. McGuire, Hanover Township Supervisor. “I would encourage parents that have any concerns about their child’s academic performance to contact the Township and try our program.”

The fall semester Tutoring Services Program is set to start on October 5, 2017.  Parent Orientation is being held on Tuesday, September 26, 6:00PM at the Streamwood High School Sabre Center, 701 West Schaumberg Road, Door #31, in Streamwood at 6:00PM.  Children who attend regularly and bring their school materials/assignments to each session improve in academic performance and become more self-confident. Our tutors will give your child the focused attention they need.  For further information, please go to our website at, under Departments go under Youth and Family Services and click on the tutoring program page.  You can also contact Sara Concepcion at 630-483-5799 or – don’t delay, space is limited.

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YFS has recently hired two new therapists as part of our team.  Please join us in welcoming Georgia Hiotis and Claudia Mazzanti. 

Georgia Hiotis is our new part-time family therapist.  Georgia is a School Social Worker with over 15 years of experience.  During the day she works at J. Sterling Morton Alternative High School where she works with very high risk youth stating that her “aim has been to provide a stimulating learning environment that builds a student’s confidence in their own abilities and potential at an appropriate pace.”  She firmly believes that all youth have the innate need to develop their true potential and to excel in areas where they can play a vital and meaningful role in the forward progress of society.  Georgia comes to YFS wanting to be able to utilize her clinical skills and have a greater opportunity to work with families.

Claudia Mazzanti has recently been hired as a full-time bilingual family therapist.  She is a recent graduate from Roosevelt University with a Master of Arts and Sciences in Clinical Psychology.  She is bicultural and bilingual in English and Spanish.  She brings to us nine years of experience working with youth of diverse backgrounds.  She has an ability to relate to others from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Her most recent professional experience has been working as an intern at Metropolitan Preparatory Grade school where she was responsible for providing therapeutic services to youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities.  She comes to us looking for an opportunity to continue to apply and utilize her skills as a bilingual family therapist.  

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Open Gym Program to Launch for After School Time!

Did you know that according to Afterschool Alliance, 11.3 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends and on school days.  Hanover Township Youth and Family Service’s After School Open Gym Program starts on Tuesday, September 26 and runs through May 23, 2018, in nine different U-46 schools.  

The Program offers over 400 youth and their parents an opportunity to be part of the experience – at no cost!  Our Program enhances the strengths of participants by promoting leadership opportunities and challenges, while building positive relationships with other Open Gym participants and our caring positive staff.  Open Gym participants engage in gym activities, including sports and dynamic team building activities, creative arts and crafts projects, homework help, games, educational and challenging STEM activities as well as vigorous fitness activities.  For more information on our After School Open Gym Program please contact Jimmy Mix, Program Coordinator, at 630-483-5799 or  Registration is required and space is limited – don’t miss this great opportunity!

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YFS has New Interns to Serve Our Residents

Youth and Family Services is excited to introduce three new Master’s level interns that will be starting this fall. Our interns bring to us a fresh perspective and all of the current best practices to better serve our residents.

Ava Lewis comes to us from Loyola University as a second year Master’s level intern.  In her graduate program she is specializing in Children and Families with a sub-specialization in Migration Studies.  She has previous experiencing interning at a Rape Crisis Center advocating for survivors of sexual violence and abuse as well as assisting in child abuse prevention programs in elementary schools.  She comes to us with a long history of working as a camp counselor, providing tutoring services and volunteering in a Junior Youth Empowerment Program.

Nicole Burlingame is in her second year of her master’s program at National Louis University where she is studying to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Eastern Illinois University where she was elected as President of the Eastern Illinois University Philosophy Club.  Her future professional goal is to obtain her Doctorate in Psychology.  She is interested in working with youth stating “Assisting children is something that I am incredibly interested in because I firmly believe that everyone has the right to reach their full potential.”

This year Youth and Family Services in partnership with Senior Services has been able to secure an intern in our C-Hope program for the first time.  The C-Hope Program is a mental health program that serves our senior residents (55 and up) providing on-site  mental health therapy services as well as psychiatric services in partnership with Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Outpatient Group Practice.  We are excited to have Adriana Konar as our C-Hope intern for the next year.  Adriana is a graduate student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She worked in Romania as an educator in a correctional facility as well as working in the school system.  She has a strong interest in working with older adults and believes that “humans, despite their age look to be listened to, understood, supported and guided to surpass vulnerabilities and to value their potential.”  

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