Around 360 Youth Services - March 2017
See What's Happening at 360:
Message from the CEO

Though the world may seem unsettled, one thing remains certain, 360 is and always will be dedicated to changing lives and inspiring hope.  By strengthening social emotional skills, reducing youth access to and use of substances, and ending the experience of homelessness for young people, 360 remains a powerful organization - made stronger with your support. 
This month, we have had so very much to celebrate.  Our Housing Team, led by Deb Robertson, showcased our housing programs so well, that 360 is invited to present at a national conference on Homeless Youth Programs.  Our Prevention Team, strengthened with the addition of Matt Cassity, has made support and training on alcohol policy and prevention accessible to our community in ways never before possible.  Our committed Counseling Team responded to calls to support reuniting families from several local cities and provided resources to help support our Regional Office of Education. 
But the greatest successes, the successes that matter most, belong to our young people.  From passing sections of the GED, to gaining first time employment, to finding a voice once lost, it is the children, teens and young adults that come to 360 as strangers and leave as part of a family, that matter most.  To each of you - you know who you are - you are our inspiration! 
Through the test of time, one thing remains certain, 360 is and always will be dedicated to changing lives and inspiring hope. 
Yours in service,
Katy Leclair
360 shines in Health & Human Services audit

Recently, a team of four, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spent two days onsite at 360 Youth Services evaluating our female transitional housing program and LGBTQ+ transitional housing program.  The audit ranged from individual apartment inspections, to interviews with clients, to HR file reviews, and so much more.  T he Transitional Housing staff, the 360 team, shined incredibly brightly.  The auditors were moved as they described the way the youth in our care talked about the program.  "The youth said this is not a program that I am a part of, but a part of who I am.  I can't wait to be able to give back once I graduate."  360 was also commended for having a warm, positive, welcoming, and inclusive environment.  The Health and Human Services Department has asked 360 to speak at their upcoming national conference on our housing programs.
Meet 360's Development Director, Jason Altenbern

360 welcomes Jason Altenbern as the agency's new Development Director.  Jason comes to us from Indian Prairie Scho ol District 204 where he held the position of Community Relations Coordinator for the past nine years. Throughout his time at the district, Jason spearheaded numerous projects to help families in need including the Computer Redeployment Project that supplied more than 1,300 sets of used computers to low-income families.  He started a winter coat and boot drive that evolved into a district-wide partnership, providing coats, boots and winter  accessories to more than 7,400 students in need over an eight-year period.  And as staff liaison with the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation, he raised funds and awareness for STEM education, student health initiatives, and support for low-income students.  He also created a monthly recognition program to celebrate volunteerism in the district.
He will now serve as Development Director for 360 Youth Services, and help celebrate hope for 360's clients.  In his role, Jason will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to advance 360's mission, including executing comprehensive fundraising, community outreach and marketing initiatives. Jason's passion for providing youth the tools they need to be successful will give hope to many 360 Youth Services clients for years to come.
Exchange Club of Naperville continues support for 360

The Exchange Club of Naperville has generously supported 360 Youth Services for many years.  Exchange Club Members, we are so very grateful for your continued support! 

The Exchange Club of Naperville works to eliminate child abuse in all forms, to foster the health and growth of a strong family unit, to promote Americanism, to strengthen the education of our children and to give ourselves in service to our community.  Through Ribfest, the Exchange Club of Naperville has contributed over $15.5 million to agencies who fight child abuse and support families.
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