Located at 500 W. 5th Avenue in Naperville behind Naperville North High School, the Alive Center is Naperville’s teen center. Their vision is to make Naperville and Alive a National Leader in teen-led teen-driven (TLTD) empowerment programs. To that end, they provide teens with a unique place to connect, discover and come alive! The center is focused on empowering the youth of today to become the impassioned, resilient leaders of tomorrow!
Alive Center offers free drop-in hours after school and over the summer as well as a wide variety of programs, classes and events for students in junior high and high school. Alive is one of the first teen centers in the nation that is serving both junior high and high schoolers through a peer mentoring model. High schoolers lead and create all of the teen programs. They are the mentors, tutors and club leads. It is a powerful peer model of teens helping teens where they all become empowered in the process. The teen leads are learning early in life that they can make a difference while gaining valuable life and business skills. The younger teens and tweens that are being served are becoming stronger and more resilient. They will grow up to be the future leaders of Alive.
In 2017 Alive expanded their center which already had 5,000 square feet of space which included a lounge, kitchen, small and large studio and coaching rooms. They added 3,200 square feet of additional space creating an Alive Innovation Lab for STEM classes, quiet studying and tutoring, and an Alive Media Room.
Isha and Kevin discuss some of the programs they are leading at the center including the Girls Who Code and the Alive Media Group (AMG).
For more information about the Alive, visit: alivenaperville.com
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Isha Srinivasan, Alive Student Board President
Kevin Letcher, Alive Student Board President