From Summer Programs to Support Groups to Teen Leadership Retreats, there’s Always a Lot Going on at Response Center.

Our ongoing events and programs include:

Operation Snowball
Planned and led by teens for teens, Operation Snowball is a fun, intensive yearly weekend retreat that helps participants develop confidence, purpose, and leadership skills. Join us in 2022 for this very special, three-day retreat to meet other teens with similar interests and engage in stimulating, conversations and activities lead by their peers—supported by adult leaders—that both encourage open discussion of belief systems and inspire extensive self-reflection.

Summer Programs
We offer a variety of engaging, hands-on summer programs for teens focused on topics of interest to them. Kids spend the summer socializing, learning, and above all, having a great time.

To stay updated on our ongoing events and programs, check the JCFS Chicago calendar to see what new events and programs have been added!

Educational & Support Groups
Throughout the year, our staff leads support groups where you can talk honestly and openly with other teens about important issues like gender identity, stress reduction, self-esteem, and more.

Annual Benefit
Tuned In: The Larry Dobkin Event

JCFS, Response for Teens, and the Response Advisory Council express our since thanks to everyone who supported Tuned In: The Larry Dobkin Event. Thanks to you, we raised almost $300,000 which will support young people ages 12 – 24 and their families in the Chicago Jewish and general community with counseling, community education, and leadership development programs. 

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