Helping Kids and Parents Thrive

Navigate Adolescence is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing kids and their parents the tools needed to navigate adolescence with confidence, resilience, and kindness.


"Untangled" Author Dr. Lisa Damour

Navigate Adolescence is please to be bringing best-selling author, Dr. Lisa Damour to Downers Grove!  Join us for continental breakfast and conversation with Dr. Damour as she pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your teens' erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven developmental stages that turn adolescents into thriving adults. This presentation will explain what's going on, prepare parents for what's to come, and lets them know when it's time to worry.

Join us for this event on Tuesday, May 1, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Center in DG.

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Honor Someone Special This Spring

Honor Someone Special This Spring

As families navigate the journey of adolescence, sometimes our stars are the special people who shine their light on the path for our children: moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas, teachers and friends, among others.

With Mother's Day, Father's Day, and other spring celebrations just around the corner, consider honoring someone as a guiding star in your children's lives--and help us fund programs that make a difference as kids navigate adolescence.

When you give $100 in honor of a person who helps light the way for your family, we will provide you with a gift to share with that special person: a rustic star garden stake with the message, "You Are a Guiding Star" attached. We'll also include a "Guiding Star" certificate.

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Let's Talk About Anxiety

Let's Talk About Anxiety

We're helping start a global conversation about anxiety through the new documentary, "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety". Kids and teens discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they've found solutions and hope. We encourage middle school and high school students - and their parents - to join us for a screening. (Movie is rated 11+).  The movie will be followed by a brief discussion and Q&A session with Ann Carlson LCSW and Dr. Christine Amstadt, M.D.

The screening will be held on Monday, April 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Herrick Middle School.  The event is FREE, but registration is required.

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Upcoming Events

Apr 30
Angst Documentary
Herrick Middle School
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
May 1
Dr. Lisa Damour Presentation
The Lincoln Center in DG
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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