Dr. Lisa Damour
Guiding Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 7:00pm., Hinsdale Central Auditorium (Register)
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 9:30am., Hinsdale South Auditorium​ (Register)

Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct—and absolutely normal—developmental transitions that turn girls (and boys) into grown-ups, including Parting with Childhood, Contending with Adult Authority, Entering the Romantic World, and Caring for Herself. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, Untangled gives parents a broad framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions. Perhaps most important, Untangled helps mothers and fathers understand, connect, and grow with their daughters. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.​

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

Documentary Film with a Followup Discussion Featuring Dr. John Duffy

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 9:30am., The Community House (Register)
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 7:00pm, Hinsdale South Auditorium (Register)

Angst is a documentary film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it.  The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools. 

Dr. John Duffy, from LaGrange IL, is a highly sought-after clinical psychologist, best-selling author, certified life coach, parenting and relationship expert, and proud husband and father. He will lead a discussion about anxiety after the film.

Devorah Heitner

Screenwise:  Raising Middle School-Aged Children in the Digital Age

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 7:00pm., Clarendon Hills Middle School  (Register)

Parents today worry that kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of digital devices. According to Dr. Devorah Heitner, our concern should go far beyond what kids are doing today. Drawing from Screenwise, her popular guidebook for parents and from the latest research, Dr. Heitner provides gems of guidance to help parents become confident digital media mentors. You’ll learn what it is like for children to grow up in a world where school experiences, family life and friendships are all shaped by digital connection—and how you can share your own lifetime of social wisdom to mentor children to become the best people that they can be.  Devorah Heitner will also be providing separate programs for CHMS and HMS students and staff.  Funding for programs is provided by the D181 Foundation, CHMS PTO and HMS PTO.

Raising Healthy Children: Vaping
Special Presentation from Robert Crown Center for Health Education

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm., CHMS MRC (Register)
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 9:30am., The Community House (Register)

Vaping is one of the most trendy activities among young people today. But since it is relatively new, there's not a lot of information easily available to help you get the facts. You may hear terms like: e-cig, pens, JUUL, vape juice, e-liquid, PG vs. VG, nic/no-nic. You may not know what it means but there's a good chance that your kids do. Do they know the risks? Do you?  Here's an opportunity to hear from the same presenters who are out talking to our students and get your questions answered.  Each program will be limited to 50 participants to provide ample opportunity for conversation throughout the program.

Young Writers Night​

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • at Hinsdale Middle School
  • Registration Required.  

The Foundation is proud to host this evening that celebrates the power of writing and encourages students to share their writing with others, receiving feedback, encouragement and support in their writing. The evening will also include a keynote speaker, learning sessions for students and parents, student writer groups and an open mike coffee house. 

This event is open to District 181 3rd - 8th grade students and their families.  Space is limited.  

Photos and Information about 2019 Young Writers Night

Dr. Jean Twenge

Understanding iGen:  How to Harness the Positive Trends and Mitigate the Negative Ones

  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 7:00pm., The Community House (Register)
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 9:30am., The Community House​ (Register)

With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today's rising generation of teens and young adults.  Born after 1995, with social media and texting replacing other activites, iGen spends less time with their friends in person - perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics.  As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them because where iGen goes, so goes our nation - and the world.

2018-19 Events


We organize and host events for District 181 families to enrich our students' educational experience. We also partner with District 86 and District 181 to present the Community Speaker Series. 

proud sponsors

community speakers

The District 181 Foundation promotes community-wide learning through special speakers, performers, and programs that are available to everyone.  

District 181 Foundation Recognition Reception

  • Date Monday May 20, 2019 at 6:00pm
  • Location:  Clarendon Hills Middle School

Reception to honor the 2018-19 Foundation donors and grant recipients and the District 181 World Changer Award winners.

District 181 Summer Camp Expo

  • Date Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
  • at Prospect School
  • Meet representatives from a variety of organizations providing summer activities for students.  Sports, Arts, Academic Enrichment and Support, Day Camps, Overnight Camps, Park District Programming- there's something for everyone. This event is free and open to the entire community.  
  • Exhibitor registration deadline is March 1st.  
  • Exhibitor Directory from 2019.

District 181 Student Art Exhibit

at The Community House

  • April 29 - May 3, 2019
  • Reception for Artists and Families, Wednesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:00pm

Stop by The Community House  to see student artwork from all District 181 schools.  This art exhibit is created in partnership with The Ly Hotchkin Arts Program at The Community House and the District 181 Art Department.