Youth Development & Family Engagement

We build future leaders by connecting them with mentors who share their knowledge and talents. These relationships help children make healthier choices, have safer relationships, better attitudes about school, and exhibit improved behavior and interpersonal skills.

Program 1

Community School

At Community School, POC brings together residents and organizations in Palatine to respond to families’ needs that a school day alone cannot cover. Here, parents and children are exposed to a broad spectrum of skills and resources side-by-side, thanks to an integrated focus on academics, health & social services, youth & community development, and community engagement. And childcare is always available for free!

For youth participants, programming supplements CCSD15’s school day curriculum with activities that will enable them to better participate in school, at home, and in their community.

Programs & Workshops


Peer Mentoring

1-on-1, structured Social Emotional Learning mentoring for junior high students led by POC Staff

Baile Folkloric

Mexican cultural dancing for ages 4-8, led by POC’s Bilingual Liaisons

Success Maker

Math Tutoring for grades K-8

Educational Enrichments

Fun, interactive learning opportunities for junior high students, including: Cooking, Woodworking, Improv Acting, Yoga, First Aid with American Red Cross, Stem Activities with 4H, Martial Arts with J.P. Wood, Growing Food with Arlington Crest Farms, and Music with Arts Refreshing the Soul 

Kids Club

Fun activities for kids with a FIND P.I. Parent Educator.

Parenting Workshops

For Parents, POC’s Bilingual Liaisons offer workshops that engage with and expand upon the services offered within the community. The Liaisons lead parenting workshops and host guest presenters from other community organizations to respond to the needs of program participants.

Program 2


ICompete aims to introduce underserved families to athletics, arts, and academics by breaking down the barriers of access to better prepare for life experiences. The goal is to stimulate interest, provide academic support, and increase opportunities to participate in organized sports, clubs, or community programs.

ICompete operates a number of programs at various locations, including:


ICompete offers ten-week dance classes for many age groups, covering children ages 4-12. Four genres of dance are offered: Ballet, Hip-Hop, Bollywood, and Belly Dancing. Classes are offered fall, winter, and spring and culminate in a dance showcase.


This program has been designed to be placed within apartment complexes where families have limited access to resources and transportation. ICompete sends staff to the Baldwin Green and Rand Grove Village apartment complexes from June through September with sports equipment and activities.

Golf Camp

ICompete is proud to partner with Revelation Golf to offer an intense, half-day camp to children 7+ for one week in August.  Participants familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of golf including full swing, putting, and chipping. This camp is offered for three days and is held in Lemont, IL. 


A mentoring program at Palatine High School for children in School District 15 in grades 1-8. Students are paired up with high school students to enjoy sporting events, team building activities and more. The program runs fall, winter and spring. Transportation is provided.

Northeast Palatine Summer Camp

This unique partnership of several public and private entities gives low-income youth in Palatine the opportunity to enjoy two full weeks of summer day camp. Children 7 to 11 years of age engage in sports, team-building, field trips, water fun, and themed days at Falcon Park. Fee: $140 with scholarships available.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)

Since 2014, ICompete and BBBS have partnered to bring the first all-girls program to Palatine. The program meets twice a month at All Saints Lutheran Church from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Female mentors are interviewed, screened, and selected from local companies.

After School Club

Students identified by District 15 faculty receive academic support and recreational activities at Falcon Park and Edgebrook Community Center.  ICompete works closely with families and District 15 to maintain healthy working relationships with students throughout the year. After School Club is currently serving students that attend: Lake Louise, Jane Addams, Lincoln, and Sanborn Elementary Schools.  Program operates Monday-Thursday from October-April.

Summer Sports Clinics

Palatine High School coaches lead participants to develop athletic skills, sportsmanship, and healthy competition during the month of June. In the past, this two-week program has included basketball, football, wrestling, cheerleading, softball, baseball, tennis, and dance.  Fee: $10

Teen Camp

6th-8th grade students take several field trips and engage in engaging activities during the summer. Camp meets in the afternoons at POC June – August.

ICompete is a collaboration with the following organizations:

Palatine Park District   |  Palatine High School   |   Palatine Township | 
Community Consolidated School District 15   |   Palatine Police Department

Program 3


Early on, POC recognized that lack of childcare could be an insurmountable barrier for low-income people. As such, free childcare is always made available in conjunction with adult and family programming. Parents are able to focus on the self-improvement that will allow them to best serve their family, free from the burden of securing otherwise costly childcare.

Program 4

Teen Advisory Board

POC’s Teen Advisory Board provides an unparalleled opportunity for high school students from both schools in Palatine to develop leadership skills and collaborate with a diverse group of their peers. Together, TAB members determined their own mission: To provide a space for teen leaders from diverse backgrounds to take initiative by using their resources to address issues they see as prevalent in their community.

Members can expect to develop skills in:

  • Communication
  • Event Planning
  • Marketing
  • Community Organizing
  • Facilitating Dialogue

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