The LeaderShop offers a variety of programs designed to help today’s youth build confidence, knowledge and leadership. Click each bar below for a brief description of each program.


Building Confidence

Girls Group

Girls Group is a health education, peer support, and fitness centered program for high school girls. Participants engage in small and large group discussions, fitness activities, leadership activities and volunteer service.

Girls, interested in participating? Contact Katie Wiseheart

Guys Group

Guys Group brings together high school boys to discuss topics of health education and build positive peer support through group discussion and activities.

Guys, interested in participating? Contact Evan Johnson


This program establishes a one-to-one relationship between a screened and trained adult volunteer and a child (ages 5 through 12) in need of additional adult contact, guidance and support. There are all different types of kids involved in the program. Youth are from various backgrounds: some reside in a single parent household, some live in a group home, some live with both parents, and all have a need for extra support. Volunteers also vary by age, cultural backgrounds and interests. In an effort to create the best match possible, youth and adults are matched by the Mentor Coordinator according to their interests, not by length of time on the waiting list. The expectation is that the match will meet weekly for at least a year.

Interested in becoming a mentor or enrolling your child? Contact Cathy Pierson

Watch My Feet

A unique performance group composed of diverse high school students from four area high schools bringing the message of hope and leadership to other young people throughout the community. Troupe members have the opportunity to participate in workshops and training sessions that increase their artistic abilities in script writing, stage presence, acting, and dancing. The power of peer-to-peer education provides Watch My Feet with the ability to bring about change and expose other youth to positive solutions in situations they may encounter in their lives.

Interested in auditioning for Watch My Feet or booking a show? Contact Kim Steiner

Building Knowledge

The La Grange Community Center

K-8th grades

Tuesdays & Thursdays

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Program Coordinator  Kim Steiner

The LeaderShop Office

K - 6th grades

Tuesdays & Thursdays

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Program Operations Director, Cathy Pierson

Summit Library

6th-8th grades

Mondays & Thursdays

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Program Coordinator Evan Johnson

Building Leadership

High School Leadership Program

High school students from Argo Community, Lyons Township and Riverside Brookfield High Schools as well as Nazareth Academy are given the tools to become leaders through our day-long Leadership Conference, which is offered at the beginning of each school year.  After this Conference, participants meet as a group to plan ongoing service projects that benefit their school, the local community, or international organizations.

Interested in the High School Leadership Program at your school?

Contact Kim Steiner

Junior High Leadership Program

Eighth grade students from 14 local junior highs to participate in the Junior High Leadership Program.  This program is very similar to, but not as advanced, as the High School Leadership Program.  Junior high students participate in an all-day Leadership Conference and then meet with the other students at the school to plan service projects.  The students brainstorm ideas and then select projects that will benefit their school or community.

Interested in the Junior High Leadership Program at your school?

Gurrie, Heritage, Wilkins and Willow Springs, contact Katie Wiseheart

St. Joseph, St. Louise and SE Gross, contact Katie Wiseheart

Park, St. John of the Cross, St. Cletus, and St. Francis, contact Katie Wiseheart

Highlands, McClure, and Pleasantdale, contact Katie Wiseheart

Teen Leaders

High School students that demonstrate the maturity and interest in furthering their leadership skills are invited to participate in more advanced and intensive leadership training that will enable them to become leaders at programs and conferences for younger participants.  From leading small groups to leading energizers, participants are given the tools and skills to lead their peers and hone their skills.

Interested in learning more about Teen Leaders? Contact Kim Steiner