Since 2015, Maryville has collaborated with Apha Ghar, Inc., to provide a safe and comfortable place for court-ordered supervised visitation. Supervised visitation is a court-ordered visitation time for visiting/noncustodial parents and their children. Individual visits are carried out under the guidance of a trained staff member. The program’s goal is to strengthen parent-child interactions in a safe way.
In supervised visitation, children can interact with their noncustodial parent in the presence of an experienced facilitator. In safe exhange, the program offers a safe location for parents to pick up and drop off their children for court-ordered unsupervised visits.
Our visitation services include:
- Range from one to two hours
- Are based on a parent’s availability, court order, and program schedule
- In English and/or Spanish
- Occurs in living room-like spaces with age appropriate toys and games
- On-site security
- Separate parking lots and waiting rooms
- Staggered arrival and departure times
- Safety planning
To set up an intake appointment, call Maryville Academy at 847-294-1999.
Apna Ghar provides holistic services and conducts outreach and advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence www.apnaghar.org.
Every child in Chicago should wake up on Christmas morning in a warm pair of pajamas. The Maryville Crisis Nursery wants to give all of the children in our care that experience and provide them with a warm and cozy pair of pajamas this Holiday Season. We also want to make it really easy for our friends like you to help!
By simply clicking the link below, the PJs can be delivered to the nursery and Santa’s helpers will wrap and give them out at our Holiday party in early December. Our goal is to have them delivered to the nursery by November 25, so please help today!
Thank you for spreading the spirit of Christmas to those in need.
The Illinois PGA Section and the Maryville Golf Academy, led by PGA Professional Juan Espejo, will be spotlighted on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program on Wednesday, March 16, in celebration of the PGA of America’s Centennial.
Maryville Academy, founded in 1883 in Des Plaines, Ill., is as a childcare organization dedicated to helping children and families reach their fullest potential by empowering intellectual, spiritual, moral and emotional growth.
In 1994, Illinois PGA Section Foundation officers and the Maryville Board of Directors partnered to create the Maryville Golf Academy as a means to introduce golf to Maryville’s children and adolescents who would not otherwise have an opportunity to learn and play the game. Many of these children are wards of the state of Illinois and reside at Maryville, and the program teaches them golf’s inherent values, helps them to learn basic golf skills, and gives them golf-related vocational training that they can carry throughout their lives.
Maryville Golf Academy Program Director and Illinois PGA Professional Juan Espejo has helped grow the program to approximately 800 participants annually with the addition of students from Chicago Public Schools, Special Olympics and other organizations. Espejo recently created a golf ball recycling project, where he teaches the participants to refurbish “orphan” golf balls.
In celebration of its Centennial, the PGA of America has partnered with Golf Channel to shine a spotlight on all 41 PGA Sections and their featured programs and initiatives led by PGA Professionals nationwide. The PGA Section Spotlights are scheduled to air on Golf Channel through May 4.
The spotlights will run in conjunction with the #ThxPGAPro Centennial celebration social media campaign, where golfers everywhere can post videos, photos and messages in support of their favorite PGA Professionals on ThxPGAPro.com or through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Section Spotlights also will be featured prominently on ThxPGAPro.com.
To learn more about the Maryville Golf Academy, please call 847-294-1834.
Self-esteem glut more imagined than real, and as Maryville awards ceremony shows, kids need all the encouragement they can get
I’m not sure exactly when this happened, but sometime in the last decade boosting a child’s self-esteem became a disreputable practice, sort of like letting him drink Mountain Dew at breakfast or watch “Snooki and JWOWW” before bedtime.
Scholars have written books about how today’s young people are screwed up by parents who keep telling them how special they are. The kids, naturally, are only too happy to agree with their parents’ assessment, and thus become entitled little brats who believe their every footstep should be greeted with a blast of trumpets and a shower of rose petals.
This theory got a boost recently when David McCullough Jr., an English teacher at Wellesley High School in suburban Boston, delivered a buzz kill of a graduation address, telling the class of 2012 that they weren’t as hot as they might have been led to believe.
“You’re not exceptional,” he said from the dais. “Contrary to what your U9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh-grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mr. Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you — you are nothing special.”
The speech went viral and received almost universal applause, though McCullough later said his main point — that graduates should make their own extraordinary lives — was lost in the hubbub. The reaction was no surprise; adults always love to think that up-and-coming generations are ridiculously soft and spoiled. But I was still put off by the chorus of crotchety hosannas, some of which suggested that kids should be praised only when they’ve done something truly amazing.
Really? When your son strikes out in a Little League game, do you holler from the bleachers that he should have practiced harder? When your daughter asks if she’s smart, do you say you’ll let her know after you see her report card?
Of course not. You tell your son, “Good try,” then offer to help him get better. You tell your daughter that she’s very smart, then say she still needs to work hard to get good grades. You keep it real but you encourage them. You pat them on the back. You try to help them feel better about themselves.
I witnessed this idea in action the other night when Maryville Academy, a Des Plaines home for troubled kids, held its annual awardsdinner. One by one, more than 100 teens with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and long histories of abuse and neglect were called to the front of an assembly room to receive a T-shirt, a handshake and a certificate that recognized their achievements, no matter how small.
Most outspoken. Most inquisitive. Most polite. From honor roll students to Special Olympians to kids who just kept their rooms clean, everyone had a moment of glory. No one was left out.
“When I was growing up, I didn’t have this,” said a boy named Marcus, 16, who was honored for a poem he wrote about his childhood troubles. “My mom threw me out, basically. I grew up by myself. When people are looking at me because of what I write, it makes me feel good.”
A 17-year-old mother who was lauded for making the dean’s list and being prompt and helpful told me she was going to put her certificate on the wall of her room. When I asked if she was worried about overpraising her 1-year-old son someday, she looked at me as though I were speaking Martian.