At the most recent Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners meeting, it was announced that the Park District and KidsMatter will be partners in serving the youth and families of Naperville.
“We believe this partnership is truly a win-win. We share with the Park District very similar core values, we are both very intentional about building prevention based programs, and the Park District has always been an incredible champion of physical activities, KidsMatter can join with them to bring the aspect of social, emotional and mental health as well,” said Executive Director of KidsMatter, IdaLynn Wenhold.
While the two groups have collaborated in the past, this makes their partnership official, with KidsMatter working as an independent contractor for the Park District.
“This is a partnership where KidsMatter remains a 501c3 and we remain. So we do no funding, all their programs are free, they will remain free. We’re just going to give them access to our facilities, we’re going to partner with them on some different programs, and in turn what they’re also going to do is start educating some of our volunteer coaches. We want to start reaching kids at a much younger age, we want to create a safe environment for parents,” said Executive Director of the Naperville Park District, Ray McGury.
The Park District is celebrating their 50th anniversary and KidsMatter has been in the Naperville community for 18 years.
Naperville New 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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