When is the registration deadline for CORE?

Registration for CORE will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Please note, however, that early registration is encouraged as it allows us greater lead-time in hiring facilitators and recruiting volunteers, and gives us greater leverage in negotiating discounts for food and supplies — adding to the overall success of the event, while keeping costs to a minimum. 

What does the CORE registration fee include?

Your $25 CORE registration fee includes: three 50-minute break-out sessions led by professional facilitators discussing topics surrounding Friendships, Self Discovery, and Self Care.  Additionally, each girl will receive a healthy and delicious snack and dinner, a bracelet, and, most importantly, a take-home booklet encompassing all of the tools and techniques your daughter will learn throughout the day and so much more!

Please note:  Fee reductions are available based on need.

My Daughter has already attended Chick Chat by HGNA, will she benefit from attending CORE?

Yes! CORE was created to address the unique challenges that girls often encounter when transitioning into middle school.

 What is the refund policy?

A full refund will be provided for cancellations made by Friday, September 1, 2017.  

What time does check-in begin for CORE and the Parent Chat?

Check-in for both parents and girls opens at 9:00 am at Geneva Middle School SOUTH.

Can I register my daughter for CORE the day of the event?

Once registration closes, a significant amount of work goes into balancing class sizes with facilitators, printing schedules that are unique to each girl, as well as purchasing and organizing materials by facilitated session.  Due to the complexity and energy that goes into these tasks, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate on-site registration.

Can I register for the Parent Chat the day of the event?

YES.  Walk-in registrations for the Parent Chat are welcome and encouraged for anyone who finds availability in their schedule at the last minute.

Can my daughter arrive late to and/or leave early from CORE?

For your daughter to fully benefit from the many aspects of the workshop and to avoid disruptions to your daughter’s group, we strongly recommend that your daughter attend the entire event.

Can my daughter be in the same group as her friend(s)?

We recognize and appreciate the fact that most girls feel uncomfortable attending an event where they will not be paired up with a friend.  While there is a chance that your daughter may be in the same group with a friend, our goal is to give the girls the opportunity to meet as many new girls as possible – to begin to form friendships with potential, future classmates.  And rest assured that from the moment the girls arrive in their first session, our trained, professional facilitators will be working their magic to help your daughter feel at ease.

Additionally, to foster friendships and enhance the overall experience, your daughter will remain with the same group throughout the day: learning, sharing thoughtful reflection, and addressing common age-related social and emotional challenges – that will help to build the bond of friendship.

That said, all girls will be together during the Ice Breaker/Opening Ceremony, at dinner, and during the closing ceremony, so your daughter will have plenty of opportunity to reconnect with friends during the evening.

Please note that if your daughter is feeling great resistance upon arriving, we encourage you to discretely tell a CORE staff member so that we can have a facilitator meet briefly with your daughter to allay any fears she may have.

What should my daughter bring to the event?

To avoid lost or left-behind belongings, we ask that your daughter LEAVE ALL Personal Items including a PURSE and CELL PHONE at HOME.  Please note that the organizers will have cell phones available in the case of an emergency.

Water will be provided, however, if your daughter prefers, she is welcome to bring a water bottle to the event with her name clearly marked on the bottle.

What if my daughter has special needs, dietary or otherwise?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate special dietary needs beyond vegetarian options.  If your daughter requires a special meal, she may bring a meal from home and drop it off upon arrival in the Facilitator’s Lounge next to the Check-in area.  Please be advised that a peanut-free snack will be served during the event.

Any non-dietary needs can be addressed by emailing us at and we will do our best to be of assistance.

What are the qualifications of the Facilitators that will be working with my daughter?

We carefully hand pick each facilitator based on their professional qualifications and their affinity to our mission of raising emotionally healthier adolescent girls.

We prioritize our recruitment of licensed and/or certified professionals, including social workers, counselors, psychologists, and therapists from local school districts — with the objective of familiarizing our girls with these important and safe go-to people that they can readily speak to during the school year.

How many girls will be in my daughter’s class?

In order to give the girls the best experience possible, we limit each 50-minute facilitated session to a maximum of 12 girls.  We have found that the smaller groups allow the Facilitators to address issues in great detail, and gives each girl time to share her thoughts and feelings.

I have a high school-age daughter who would like to volunteer… how can she get involved?

Supporting our vision of raising emotionally healthier girls, more empowered girls, with each event we strive to provide leadership opportunities for girls, such as managing icebreakers, facilitating team-building activities, participating in panel discussions, and role modeling.  Specifically, we look for energetic high school girls who model positive, respectful behavior.  If your daughter is interested in volunteering, please have her email Julie Pouilly, President of the Geneva Coalition for Youth, at with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Name of high school
  • Cell phone number and email address

Who runs CORE?

The CORE program was created by HGNA (Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence) of Downers Grove in 2012, the same organization that created Chick Chat.  In 2013, the Geneva Coalition for Youth (GC4Y) and TriCity Family Services (TCFS) partnered with HGNA to bring Chick Chat to the TriCities and surrounding communities.  Based on the success of this workshop, once again, TriCity Family Services and GC4Y are partnering with HGNA to help give incoming sixth grade girls a strong foundation for navigating the middle school years.

This event is made possible through the tireless efforts of local parents, high school and middle school students, and former Chick Chat participants who volunteer their time for the greater good of our daughters d our communities.

What is HGNA?

Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating positive change for girls by challenging the negative images and information bombarding them today, while at the same time offering support and education to their parents.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions or concerns, please contact Michelle Clark, TriCity Family Services Director of Emotional Wellness Programs, at 630-232-1070 ext. 336 or

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