$12.50 – $15

Chick Chat by HGNA 2018

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Herrick Middle School

4436 Middaugh Ave

Downers Grove, IL 60515

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About Chick Chat and Parent Chat

Chick Chat is a day-long workshop where fourth- through sixth-grade girls can explore their interests and issues, address the challenging issues facing young girls today, build interpersonal skills, and have fun - all within a safe and nurturing environment. Throughout the day, girls hear motivational presentations, enjoy a healthy lunch and break into small groups with trained facilitators to discuss topics such as cultivating inner beauty, understanding feelings, and developing healthy family and peer relationships. This event is designed to provide girls with inspiration, guidance and perspective about the changes they are encountering in their lives.

Mom & Dad Chat occurs after the girls are dropped off at Chick Chat. Parents gather in the Herrick cafeteria to hear a specially selected speaker address topics specifics to parenting girls. This year the speaker is Cathy Cassani Adams is a self-awareness expert focused on parenting and the personal empowerment of women and young girls. She’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Parent Coach, Certified Elementary School Teacher, Certified Yoga Teacher, and she teaches in the Sociology Department at Dominican University and Elmhurst College.

She’s the author of The Self-Aware Parent (2009), The Self-Aware Parent Two (2011), and Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting (2014) which won a Nautilus Award, National Indie Excellence Award, and an International Book Award.

Her topic for Parent Chat 2018 is Staying Connected: Why self-awareness + mindfulness are the keys to a healthy relationship with your daughter

Cathy Cassani Adams


What time does check-in begin for Chick Chat and Mom and Dad Chat?

Check-in for both parents and girls opens at Herrick Middle School at 8:30am.

Can I register my daughter for Chick Chat the morning of the event?

Due to the unique schedule and preparation of materials for each Chick Chat attendee, on-site registrations are unavailable. Additionally, due to space restrictions at Herrick Middle School, Chick Chat typically reaches capacity and has a waiting list.

Can I register for Mom and Dad Chat the morning of the event?

Walk-in registrations for Mom and Dad Chat are welcome. We accept cash and checks at the door.

Can my daughter come late/leave early from Chick Chat?

For the continuity of the day and to avoid distruptions to your daughter's group, we ask that your daughter plan to attend the entire event. We can not retrieve girls in the middle of sessions.

When is the registration deadline for Chick Chat?

Registration for Chick Chat will close on Monday, February 19, 2018. However, we encourage you to register your daughter as soon as you know they will be able to attend as Chick Chat typically reaches capacity several weeks before the event date.

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

One of the most valuable aspects of Chick Chat is the opportunity for the attendees to meet and make new friends throughout the day. Feedback from facilitators over the years has reflected the fact that the girls tend to interact more with their groups when they are not paired up with close friends. Additionally, the girls will have two opportunities to choose whom they would like to sit with: during the opening activity immediately following check-in, and at lunch time.

What does my Chick Chat registration fee include?

Your Chick Chat registration fee includes: two grade-specific, hour-and-a-half break-out sessions led by trained and licensed facilitators entitled "Be Your Best Self" and "Friends, Frienemies & Fiascos;" which focus on key issues that girls your daughter's age face, as well as a relaxing yoga session led by a certified yoga instructor, an action-packed team-building session, a healthy snack, a delicious lunch, all craft materials, a unique Chick Chat T-shirt, and a take-home booklet encompassing all of the tools and techniques your daughter will learn throughout the day.

Please note: Through generous contributions from individuals and businesses in our community, we are able to keep the cost low and provide scholarships to girls who might otherwise be unable to attend.

What should your daughter bring to the event?

We strongly encourage your daughter to bring only herself dressed in comfortable clothing. PLEASE LEAVE COATS, PURSES, CELL PHONES AT HOME. All organizers will have cell phones available in the case of an emergency. Girls should also bring their own water bottle with their name on it.

What if my daughter needs special accommodations?

Unfortunately we can not accommodate special dietary needs beyond vegetarians (if this isn't satisfactory, your daughter can bring her own CLEARLY LABELED lunch and snack). We will serve a peanut-free snack in the afternoon.

Any other special needs can be addressed by emailing us at chickchat@hgna.org. We will do our best to be of assistance.

Do I or my daughter have to bring a printed ticket to the event?

A ticket/receipt is not necessary to check-in the morning of the event.

Who runs Chick Chat?

Chick Chat and Mom and Dad Chat were created by HGNA and are made possible through the tireless efforts of over 75 parents, high-schoolers, and former Chick Chat attendees. This team of volunteers begins the planning for this yearly event eight months prior to the day.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Ample parking is available at Herrick Middle School. You may come in with your daughter to make sure she is registered. After Chick Chat is over, you are welcome to come into the building and pick her up or have her come out and meet you.

What's the refund policy?

A full refund will be provided for cancellations requested by the end of the day Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Chick Chat Coordinators can be reached at chickchat@hgna.org

Are scholarships available?

Yes, please email us at chickchat@hgna.org with your request.

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