• Be a part of something great!

    Be a part of something great!

  • Student led: For teens, by teens.

    Student led: For teens, by teens.

  • A great place to hang out and make new friends!

    A great place to hang out and make new friends!

  • Be yourself, be accepted, be safe.

    Be yourself, be accepted, be safe.

  • Have fun, make friends!

    Have fun, make friends!

  • At CROYA, it’s all about you!

    At CROYA, it’s all about you!

  • CROYA is laughter, love, music, fun and food!

    CROYA is laughter, love, music, fun and food!

  • Come for the friends, stay for the food!

    Come for the friends, stay for the food!

  • Be a mentor, be a leader.

    Be a mentor, be a leader.

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IMPORTANT CROYA ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

At CROYA, the safety of our patrons, participants, and staff is our top priority. Based on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and recommendations from public health officials to limit public gatherings, CROYA is suspending all programs and meetings, and closing the CROYA facility today, Friday, March 13 at 5:30pm. We will be closed for 3 weeks and will reopen on April 6. The CROYA closure follows Lake Forest and Lake Bluff schools and recommendations from public health officials to minimize exposure to participants and staff.

Governor Pritzker, in a press conference recently, stated that public service entities can play a vital role in facilitating social distancing and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Although inconvenient, we believe these closures will ultimately benefit the health and welfare of our community.

All activities, meetings, rentals and events at the CROYA facility are suspended. Our goal is to reschedule the High School Spring Retreat and the Battle of the Bands. Anyone who is unable to attend the rescheduled date for the Retreat is allowed a full refund.

We thank you for your understanding.

-The CROYA Staff


2020-2021 CROYA Exec Elections
Interested in running for the High School Executive Committee?
Download information on elections
All election dates are currently TBD

CROYA High School Summer Work Trip Applications!
Join us for our annual High School Work Trip with Habitat for Humanity in Battle Creek, MI!
Must be 16 by the beginning of the Work Trip to attend.
Download the Work Trip Application

Founding Fathers Scholarships for Seniors
Download information on these scholarships
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What is CROYA?

CROYA is a national model of community partnership celebrated for effectively addressing and meeting the social and emotional needs of today’s young adults. CROYA is open to all students from 7th through 12th grade living in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood.

CROYA is unique – it is run by young adults, for young adults. CROYA provides a safe, fun, accepting, and inclusive place for young adults to hang out, break down barriers, make new friends, gain valuable life skills and experiences, and feel comfortable being themselves.

CROYA empowers each young adult to find his or her passion, to be a better friend and problem solver, to contribute to society, and to advocate for themselves and others.

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  • “CROYA is love, CROYA is life.”

    - Charlie, 8th grade

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  • LEARN

    LEARN about leadership and life skills through peer training, retreats, and participating on executive committees.
  • GIVE

    GIVE back to our community through service projects, both voluntary and court-mandated hours.
  • ACCEPT

    ACCEPT one another by building a sense of community through youth meetings and spending time at Student Union after school hours.
  • GROW

    Help youth GROW by providing individualized support, early intervention, self-esteem building, and support groups.
  • BE

    We are able to BE ourselves when we socialize and have fun at programs such as dances, ski trips, beach days, Cubs games, and other field trips.
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CROYA Student Union

The CROYA Student Union is a great place to hang out with friends after school. You can drop in whenever it’s open and get involved with as many activities as you like. The CROYA staff is there to help you create new programs, to talk or just hang out.

The Student Union is open after school from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays. Stop by and hang out!

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