Since 1971
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What We Do We'll help you navigate life's challenges.

Our Mission and History

Today, 360 Youth Services offers substance use prevention education, counseling, and housing. The organization serves youth and families in Chicago's western suburbs and
the surrounding areas.

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide life-changing services to youth through substance use prevention education, counseling and housing.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Our Vision is a community where all youth possess the necessary skills to successfully navigate life’s challenges.

Our History

Our History

Our History is rich and challenging. 360 Youth Services began in 1971 as Naperville Community Outreach when a group of concerned parents, community, and religious leaders recognized the need for professional, youth-centered services in the Naperville community.

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Our Programs

Counseling Programs

Our Counseling services are as varied as the issues that arise for those having difficulty at home, school, or in the community. Trained therapists provide a variety of professional counseling services for school-aged youth and families, as well as young adults. Educational groups for youth of all ages and their parents are also offered. Some issues addressed include depression, anxiety, grief, family conflict, life transitions, self-esteem and parenting. Specialized services for high-risk youth are also available.

*Many insurance plans are accepted and special accommodations can be arranged for families who are struggling financially.

Prevention Programs

360 Youth Services is dedicated to helping youth make healthy choices and preventing youth substance use. Through highly recognized programs and initiatives – The Power of Choice, Youth Prevention Education, Naperville Operation Snowball, Positive Choices Positive Voices, Community Alliance for Prevention – 360 uses a variety of proven prevention strategies to best serve our mission and community in order to reduce youth substance use. 360 is funded by local, state and federal grantors to provide best practice substance abuse prevention for students and their parents in the geographic boundaries of the 203 & 204 school districts. These programs are supported through valuable partnerships with Naperville Community School District 203, Indian Prairie School District 204 and community partners.

Housing Programs

When housing is uncertain, everything in a young person’s life seems to fall apart. At 360 Youth Services, housing and support services are provided to young adults, 18-24 years old, who were previously homeless, and teenagers, 13-17 years old, who are unable to live with their families. Support services including life skills, budgeting, counseling, art therapy, and more are provided.

LGBTQ Collaborative

360 Youth Services coordinates The DuPage Community Network: Professionals Serving LGBTQ+ Youth, a group of community partners that provide a safe and respectful environment for professionals and community members to network on issues related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. For more information on this group and how to get involved, contact or call 630.961.2992


Our Amazing Team

Scot Thurman, J.D., M.A.


Executive Director

Karen Jarczyk, LSW


Prevention Director

Stephen H. Garlington, MSW, LCSW


Clinical Director

Valerie Tawrel, MHS CADC


Director of Housing

Mike Bertrand MSW, LCSW


Board Member

Bill Geis


Board Member

Beverly Jones MSW, ACSW


Board Member

Cheryl Wendt


Board Member

Dhiren Shah, CMA, CPA


Board Member

Brea Hayes



Join the Team

Looking to join our growing team and become a part of helping youth navigate life’s challenges.

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At 360 Youth Services we take commitment to our mission, and to the donors who support that mission, very seriously.

As such, we openly provide access to our financial records.

For more information, you can download our most recent Financial Snapshot, or review our Annual Report.

360 Youth Services is a
GuideStar Exchange Platinum Participant

We achieved a milestone recognition with the 360 Youth Services – Youth in Care Program earning the designation of Innovative Tier of Recognition by the Human Rights Campaign.

This highest tier recognizes agencies that go beyond their solid foundation to implement innovative approaches to LGBTQ inclusion and demonstrate leadership.


Learn more about the
Human Rights Campaign.