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Park Forest, IL 60466
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Adina McCollough, Teen Zone Coordinator
Recreation & Parks Department
350 Victory Dr., Park Forest, IL 60466

Teen Services in Park Forest
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Teen Zone

What if we could eliminate boredom from Park Forest teenagers' lives? On any given weekday afternoon, you might expect to see a typical teenager playing basketball at their local YMCA or socializing at a Community Center, and in most of our surrounding communities, that's what you'd find. But in Park Forest, although we have a wonderful school system and good programming for pre-teens and below, there is really no place to go, and a Park Forest teenager is more likely to be found hanging around outside one of the local parks or playing video games at home. Having decided to view this as an opportunity rather than a loss, we created Park Forest history by setting the standard for a teen center. We set out to provide a safe, enjoyable environment, with constructive, educational, and leisure activities that develop and empower diverse leaders and enrich the Village of Park Forest community. 

Teens entering 7th grade through 12th grade will be able to enjoy all the benefits of Teen Zone including sports, games, educational opportunities and more. For more information contact Adina McCollough, Recreation and Parks Department at 708-701-3841.

Grades 7-12                *Memberships (see below)                                                                    
Recreation Center, 215 Wilson St.
T,W,Th,F   3:30-6:30 pm    Sept 13-June 2, 2017
  • Basic Membership - Free  
  • Teen Zone Membership Plus - $25.00 (No Refunds)
    Membership Plus includes t-shirt, monthly members only programs, and priority seating at Teen Services events.

Junior Achievement - Be Entrepreneurial®

This free program introduces students to the essential elements of a practical business plan and then challenges them to start an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school.  The program is composed of seven sessions, each 45 minutes in length. The program is recommended for students in grades nine through 12.  

Students will learn about advertising, competitive advantages, financing, marketing, and product development. 

Following participation in the program, students will be able to: 

  • Recognize characteristics and practices of successful entrepreneurs. Evaluate an entrepreneurial idea based on product, customer, and competitive-advantage criteria.
  • Demonstrate business-planning skills for venture start-up, marketing, financing, management, and ethical decision-making.

Grades 9-12          $Free (Registration Required)       7 weeks           
Recreation Center, Lower Level   215 Wilson St.
38300-01    Wednesdays    4-5 pm    Sept 14-Oct 26

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Sneaker Customizing Class
Did you ever dream about customizing your own sneaker? Well, then October 4th might be your lucky day! Ms. Adina and Carlos are going to host a special sneaker customization class at Teen Zone! Call Ms. Adina at 708-701-3841 or call Recreation and Parks at 708-748-2005 to register for one of the limited spots in this unique workshop! 

Please bring a pair of old sneakers, egg cartons, rags (old t-shirts, sheets) and clean milk jugs on the first day of class.

Registration deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016.

Grades 7-12          $25             4 sessions                             
Recreation Center, Lower Level   215 Wilson St.
38301-01    T, W, Th, Fr    5-6:30 pm    Oct 4-Oct 7


Friday Night Open Gym
Open to residents of the Village of Park Forest in grades 7-12, for pick-up games of basketball for both male and female participants. Participants must have gym shoes and shorts. 

Grades 7-12                                                    
Entry Fee:  $3 each night
Recreation Center, 215 Wilson St.
Fridays     6-10 pm    Sept 16-Dec 16

Teen Jobs Connection
The Teen Job Connection matches teenagers (ages 12-18) seeking part-time work with residents who need tasks done around their homes. Teenagers can register for work babysitting, shoveling snow, cutting grass, raking leaves, etc. Residents requesting names are supplied with a list of teenagers interested in the task that needs to be taken care of. Names and contact information will be given to the resident to contact the teenager. The resident requesting the service is responsible for contacting the registered Connection teenager to make the necessary arrangements. The Connection teenager is responsible for completing the task or notifying the resident if they are unable to complete the work. The resident and teenager will work out an agreement for appropriate pay for services.

For more information contact Adina McCollough, Recreation and Parks Department at 708-701-3841.