Winnetka Youth Organization


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A North Shore native, Jess grew up in Deerfield, studied Human Development & Psychological Servicss at Northwestern University, and has since worked for several youth-based non-profit organizations in the Chicagoland area. Upon joining the WYO in December 2016, she brings with her several years of experience working with elementary, middle, and high school students in school-based, recreational, and therapeutic settings. Jess makes every effort to view each young person individually and holistically, taking into account their strengths, interests, support systems, and goals. As Executive Director, she is excited and motivated to lead the Winnetka Youth Organization into the next chapter of providing innovative, engaging opportunities for leadership, service, and personal development to the middle and high school students of New Trier Township.


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The Winnetka Youth Organization Staff

Jess Rutstein

Executive Director

Allie Sarwark

Program Director

Jenna is another area native. She graduated from Carthage College with a degree in social work. At Carthage, Jenna was a member of the campus social work club and honors society as well as risk management chair in her sorority.  When Jenna is not at the YO she likes to spend time with  her family (pets included!) and go to concerts. Jenna is currently attending Loyola University Chicago's Masters of Social Work program and looks forward to graduating in August!


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Our Program Director, Allie Sarwark, is from the Chicago suburbs. She graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a degree in Public Relations and Communication. Throughout college, she helped promote local nonprofit organizations by developing marketing strategies and communication plans. Allie has been a part of the Winnetka Youth Organization for a year and a half, helping to develop and promote their programs.  


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Jenna Duerig

Youth Advocate

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