The first step a student takes as they begin their journey at ForeverU is participating in a one-day retreat. These retreats provide students with a fast-track to personal development and the power of a growth mindset. At this retreat, students will also be assigned a mentor and local peer group that they will have access to on a weekly basis at the end of the retreat.
Student Profile of Retreat Participants
Our ForeverU one-day retreats are highly encouraged for students grade 7-12 who are looking for a compassionate community of young people that provides program participants with a sense of purpose, hope, and belonging. To get the most out of their peer group experience, students who choose to participate should be open to personal growth and positive change, take responsibility for their own learning, and be supportive member of the ForeverU community.
Check-In: 9:30 am
Check-Out: 6:30 pm
8122 W Sauk Trail
Frankfort, IL 60423
Includes program materials, meals, and activity supplies.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of training do the mentors go through?
All mentors are required to undergo a background check and video interview with our mental health subcommittee. If selected, they are required to complete our online mentor training program in partnership with Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital.
What are the requirements for mentors?
Mentors must be at least 21 years of age, a certified Mandated Reporter in the state of Illinois, be passionate about youth development and mental health advocacy, and must have at least an undergraduate degree in social work, psychology, or a related field.
Do you accommodate student dietary restrictions?
Yes. All dietary restrictions are required to be submitted during the registration process and are then shared by the facility hosting the retreat.
Do you have a certified nurse or licensed counselor on-site?
Yes. We have a certified nurse who stays with us the entire day and we also have a licensed counselor who is available during the day for students in need of professional oversight, support, or direction.
What if I'm not enjoying my peer group experience?
If this is the case, please notify us. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and get you connected to a mentor and local peer group that you're comfortable with.
Are their expectations for parents who's child is participating in the retreat?
All parents/guardians are required to attend an exit workshop at the end of the retreat that will highlight key concepts, recommended parenting practices, and how they can help their child continue their momentum at home.
How can my child stay involved with ForeverU after the retreat?
Following the retreat, students will continue to have access to their assigned mentor and local peer group which meets on a weekly basis. You can learn more about our ForeverU peer groups by clicking here.
Do you offer financial aid to students for the retreat?
No. We do not provide financial assistance to students who wish to participate in a ForeverU's one-day retreat.. However, we do provide financial aid to all students who wish to participate in an overnight camp experience.
What does registration fee include?