Piecing together a safer and healthier community

Prevention week will include daily themes meant to raise awareness of substance abuse and mental health issues and demonstrate the effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs.  This year’s themes include:

Monday, May 10:          Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse

Tuesday, May 11:         Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse

Wednesday, May 12:    Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use

Thursday, May 13:        Preventing Youth Tobacco Use

Friday, May 14:             Preventing Suicide

as a part of National Prevention week, we will be hosting a webinar on alcohol prevention

May 11th | 2:00 - 3:00pm

How accurately do people perceive the drinking of others? Why do people say alcohol makes them more talkative, outgoing, or social when the science clearly shows that it is not due to alcohol? The answers to these questions (and others) will be discussed during this webinar.



may is mental health awareness month

Come and enjoy a variety of youth focused activities presented by local community organizations!

This fun and informative day focuses on promoting youth mental wellness and healthy coping mechanisms while decreasing the stigma around mental health. 

Youth who participate can earn food and drinks from farmer’s market vendors.

Small conversations can have a big impact

When it comes to discussing the risks of underage drinking with your teen, there is no magic formula, but there is a major rule of thumb: have frequent small talks. This is one of the keys to keeping your child alcohol-free. It’s not about sitting down for one “big talk.”

Not only can this feel intimidating for you and your child, but it is often less impactful. Short conversations over time prove to be more effective.


show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse

Over 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink or not . Send a clear and strong message that you disapprove of underage drinking.

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Working to improve the quality of life in Kankakee and Iroquois counties by trying to find solutions to the causes of school failure, substance misuse, juvenile delinquency and other life-compromising behaviors.