Community Improvement Project - CIP

Our CIP for the 2017-2018 term is Bridge Communities, Inc. -

The mission of Bridge Communities is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services.

Thank you for all you do for the community!! We are so happy to help!!

For all CIP inquiries, please email

Our CIP for the 2015-2016 term was KidsMatter

Naperville Junior Woman's Club donated $10,000 to KidsMatter on January 24, 2017

About KidsMatter.......

Why do some kids grow up with ease, while others struggle? Why do some kids get involved in dangerous activities, while others spend their time contributing to society? Why do some youth “beat the odds” in difficult situations, while others get trapped?

Many factors influence why some young people have successes in life and why others have a harder time. Economic circumstances, genetics, trauma, and many other factors play a role. But these factors – which seem difficult, if not impossible, to change – aren’t all that matters. Research by Search Institute has identified 40 concrete, positive experiences and qualities -”Developmental Assets”- that have a tremendous influence on young peoples’ lives. And, they are things that people from all walks of life can help to nurture.

Research shows that the 40 Developmental Assets help young people make wise decisions, choose positive paths, and grow up competent, caring, and responsible. The assets are grouped into eight categories:

  • Support / Empowerment / Positive identity
  • Commitment to learning / Positive Values
  • Social Competencies / Boundaries and expectations
  • Constructive Use of Time
  • Click Here for more Developmental Assets

The Asset framework can be used by families, schools, neighborhoods, faith communities, businesses and all organizations, and individuals in a community. Everyone can, and does, play a role in building Assets for youth. Asset-building is about relationships. It’s about being purposeful and taking the time to do good things with and for youth. It’s about making common sense, common practice.

KidsMatter is a Naperville not-for-profit organization.  Our mission is to build resilient kids who say “no” to destructive choices and “yes” to endless opportunities..