Adolescent welcome programs begin at the Izaak Walton Youth Center

The Hanover Township Youth and Family Services Department will launch its new Youth Host Program on Wednesday, November 10 at the Izaak Walton Youth Center, 899 Jay St. in Elgin.

The hours of this program for middle school students are from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The drop-in program for high school youth will take place every Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. starting November 12.

“Teens want to spend time with other teens in a relaxed, yet safe environment,” said Tina Houdek, director of youth and family services. “Children can come with their friends but also meet other teenagers from all over the township.”

Youth Center programming activities for teens include the opportunity to participate in cooking classes, video games, homework help, dancing as well as many other self-expression activities, including art, creative writing and more. Young people can also stop by to spend time with other teenagers at the center.

The Township Board of Directors approved the transition of the facility to the Izaak Walton Youth Center, allowing for the creation of a space focused on outreach programs specifically for youth in the community. Other youth center programs will be announced in the coming months.

The Township of Hanover serves more than 101,000 residents in parts of the Cook County communities of Streamwood, Elgin, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg.

For questions about the Youth Center programming, call (630) 483-5799 or visit

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