Preparing tomorrow's leaders

A comprehensive curriculum to develop the next generation of leaders and stewards

Finding purpose

Our goal is to develop confident and civic-minded teens that are able to give purpose and direction to their lives. 100% of the teens we serve graduate from high school AND go on to college or post-secondary education.

Staying active

Our innovative programming provides plenty of hands-on experiences and supports teens as they build a wide-range of ecological, nutritional, social, business and financial skills. 110 teen jobs were created in 2017 through our teen programs.

Proactive Outcomes

Concordia Place’s award-winning Teen Leadership offers three year-round programs designed to the MHA Labs 21st Century Skills framework that builds the social, emotional, and soft-skills necessary to be successful in today’s world.

  • Creating Leaders – Teens are on-track to graduate from high school and are confident in their ability to achieve their future goals.
  • Employability – Teens develop social and emotional competencies that drive academic, career and personal achievement.
  • Social Responsibility – Teens value being of service to their community, and respect different opinions and attitudes.
  • Ecology – Teens become environmental stewards and understand how their actions impact the earth.
  • Healthy Lifestyle – Teens are armed with skills for a nutritious and healthy lifestyle.

Community Programs Manager Gwyndolyn Moss

Gwyndolyn has had a creative drive for being involved with her community throughout her life either through public murals or community service projects. Gwyn started in 2008 as the summer counselor and was promoted throughout the years from Community Programs Coordinator and Lead Teen Counselor to Teen Program Manager in 2012. Since 2009, she serves as our Site Supervisor and Instructor for After School Matters Internships. Gwyn manages daily operations over teen program staff and teens while generating ideas to keep the teen program fresh, leading edge and relevant to community needs. She is a teaching professional artist, endorsed and certified for middle and high school art, as well as a faculty member for the University of Phoenix, in the Humanities department. Gwyn earned her BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences with a painting concentration and an MAE in Secondary Visual Arts Education from DePaul University. She was elected to the Illinois AfterSchool Network [IAN] Board of Directors shortly after winning the 2014 IAN Best Practices Program Award for the Emerging Leaders program.

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This is a spectacular teen leadership development program because teens are trained to think for themselves and our opinions really do matter!

16 year old intern