School Based Support

District 219 offers a wide range of support options that address academic, mental health, and recreation needs. Students are able to easily access student and teacher tutoring across academic domains (The Point at Niles North and The Literacy Center at Niles West) and work on assignments in one of our fully equipped computer centers. We work hard to encourage students to be part of the positive school culture through involvement in extracurricular activities at school and in the community.

Student Assistance Program School-Based Groups

Any student can participate in a group listed below . Referrals may be made by a parent, teacher, dean, student’s friend, or any staff member. Referrals can remain anonymous. Students may also refer themselves to any one of these groups. Groups meet once a week with a rotating schedule. Students are responsible for the work that they miss. Group facilitators are certified school social workers, psychologists and/or counselors.

Anger Management: Supporting students who need skills in managing their emotions and making appropriate decisions within the school environment.

Conflict Resolution: This group explores alternative ways to handle aggression, frustration and stress. Activities prepare students to find constructive, non violent solutions for day to day conflicts.

Divorce Group: Students will focus on relationships with parents and siblings involved in the transitions and family dynamics brought on by divorce.

Family Issues (RAFT): Supporting students who are affected by a family member’s usage of alcohol and/or drugs.

Breaking Free: This is a group program for students struggling with body image issues. This group will help increase self-esteem, promote body acceptance, provide leadership opportunities and teach a range of coping strategies to resist the cultural emphasis on maladaptive body perception and unhealthy eating and dieting behaviors.

Insight: Insight will facilitate discussion around identifying and self examining issues related to drug and alcohol usage and provide guidance and the tools necessary for making healthier decisions.

NOT Group: Not On Tobacco support group is for students serious about quitting smoking.

Post Hospitalization: Specifically designed to help support and encourage students transitioning into the school environment after being hospitalized.

Recovery Group: Students who are currently or previously have been in a substance abuse treatment program can come for counseling, encouragement and support for their quest to maintain a clean and sober lifestyle.

Stress Management: Will explore where stress comes from and explore the harmful effects on our mental and physical health. Students will develop tools to manage stress.

Young Men’s Group: Young men come together to access knowledge and gain support with decisions about issues and pressures that they may encounter as an adolescent.

Young Women’s Group: Supporting young women’s efforts to develop the skills of improving image, self esteem and confidence. The group is to help young women listen to the voice inside themselves, and to guide them with their decision making.

LGBTQ Group: Support group offering a “safe place” for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning.

Grief and Loss: For students needing support dealing with the loss of a friend or family member.

Military Support Group: This group will provide support for students who have a family member overseas and at war.

Caught Between Two Worlds: This group will provide support for students who feel they are caught in between two cultural worlds. This group will help students find a healthy balance between living the life of the American teenager while respecting and valuing their ethnic background.

Skills for Life Beyond High School: This is a social skills group for any student, freshman through senior, who would like to gain skills in becoming more assertive and less passive, more outgoing and less shy, and more extroverted versus introverted.

Life Skills For Emotional Health: The group’s main focus will be to help students move from being out of control of one’s behavior to being in control, move from being emotionally shut down to experiencing emotions fully, move from incompleteness to completeness/connection, and solve ordinary problems.