The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute is committed to the goal of helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy, contributing members of society. The often tragic consequences of drug use, abuse, and addiction are a powerful threat to the realization of that goal. This is a prevention program, NOT a treatment. Applications are available for mentors and participants, please contact a Prevention and Education team member if you or a loved one are interested!
As of January 1st, 2014 The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act became law. The Prevention and Education Team is working to education DeKalb County businesses and organizations about this new law and how it might apply to their staff and customers. Contact a Prevention and Education team member to set up a presentation!
From Secretary of State Jesse White: “Drivers are reminded that effective Jan. 1st, 2014, Illinois law prohibits the use of cellphones while driving with the exception of using hands-free or Blue Tooth technology. Drivers under the age of 19, however, are prohibited from any cellphone usage, including hands-freedevices.” To read the rest of the new laws in layman’s terms (copy this into your url bar): http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a112.pdf
National Kick Butts Day is March 19th this year! This is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. As a teacher, youth leader or health advocate, you can organize events to raise awareness of the tobacco problem, encourage youth to stay tobacco-free and urge strong action to protect kids from tobacco.
MISSION: The Ben Gordon Center Prevention and Education Program’s purpose is to facilitate the promotion of community based prevention, wellness and healthy lifestyles for youth, adults and the community as a whole within DeKalb County, using researched based, best practiced, and outcome driven prevention strategies that includes input and collaboration with the DeKalb County Partnership for a Substance Abuse Free Environment (DCP/SAFE) Coalition. VISION: Our vision is to create a greater DeKalb County where there is optimal mental health resilience and minimal mental health inequality and stigma among all county residents.