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 or see our events calendar.


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? Email Cat LeBeau, Program Coordinator.

Guys' Group

Guys' Group brings together high school boys to focus on topics such as health, relationships, and building positive peer support, all through group discussion and activities.

Guys, interested in participating? Email Katie Wiseheart, Program Director.


This program establishes a one-to-one relationship between a screened, trained adult volunteer and a child (ages 5 through 12) in need of additional adult contact, guidance and support.

Children in the program come from variety of backgrounds: single-parent households, group homes, and traditional two-parent homes. 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? Email Cathy Pierson, Program Manager.

"Watch My Feet" Performance Group

A unique performance group composed of diverse high school students from four area high schools, "Watch My Feet" brings messages 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 helps "Watch My Feet" inspire youth to seek positive solutions to situations they may encounter in their lives.

Interested in auditioning for "Watch My Feet"? Email Danielle Sanchez

Interested in booking a "Watch My Feet" performance? Email Matt Schiavone, Program Coordinator.

Building Knowledge

After School Program at La Grange Community Center (200 Washington Ave, La Grange)

K - 8th grades

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30 to 5:00 PM at The La Grange Community Center, 200 Washington Avenue, La Grange (click for map/directions)

Wednesdays: 3:00 to 5:00 PM at The LeaderShop office, 4903 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange

Click to email the Program Coordinator: Matt Schiavone

After School Program at The LeaderShop (4903 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange)

1st - 8th grades

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30pm - 5:00pm, at The LeaderShop, 4903 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange

Click to email the Program Coordinator: Cat LeBeau

After School Program at Graves Elementary School (6021 S. 74th Street, Summit)

1st - 8th grades

Mondays and Thursdays, 2:45 to 4:30 PM, at Graves Elementary School, 6021 S. 74th Street, Summit (click for map/directions)

Click to email the Program Coordinator: Danielle Sanchez

Camp LeaderShop (summer camp)

For rising 1st through 8th graders, The LeaderShop's summer camp program (located at Denning Park in La Grange) is where we all become better leaders!

The camp's curriculum includes: Reading, Science, Math, Sports, Art, Volunteering, Nature and Guest Speakers.

Want to be notified via email when you can register your child for Camp LeaderShop? Call Catherine LeBeau at The LeaderShop (708-579-5898) or send her an email ( to ask her to add you to camp's mailing list.

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 training and tools to become leaders through our annual High School Leadership Conference, which takes place early in 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.

During the school year, the High School Leadership Program meets every other Tuesday, 6:00 to 7:00 PM at The LeaderShop. From June to August the schedule varies.

Interested in The LeaderShop's High School Leadership Program at your school? Contact Katie Wiseheart

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 our annual, full-day Junior High Leadership Conference and then meet with the other participants at their 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? Contact Katie Wiseheart

Junior High Schools participating in the program: Gurrie, Heritage, Highlands, McClure, Park, Pleasantdale, S.E. Gross, St. Cletus, St. Francis Xavier, St. John of the Cross, St. Joseph, St. Louise, Wilkins and Willow Springs.

Teen Leaders

High School students who 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 facilitating small groups to leading "energizers", participants are given the tools and skills to lead their peers.

Interested in learning more about Teen Leaders? Contact Cat LeBeau