About CPYD

The Communities for Positive Youth Development (CPYD) is a collaboration of community partners who share the common goal of positive youth development, including a lifestyle that is free of alcohol, drugs and other substances and promotes diverse recovery support services across the lifespan. The community coalition model is an evidence-based strategy to address public health issues through coordinated efforts. By using local data and a strategic planning process that is inclusive of our partners, including youth and persons with lived experiences, the coalition supports comprehensive strategies to address those issues that are most relevant to the community, and to foster positive youth development. The coalition’s goal is to reflect the diversity of our community and to have a strategy in place to ensure that all community voices are being engaged.

The coalition is made up of individuals and organizations who are key stakeholders in supporting the full continuum of care (prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery) and their related support services in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, and Palatine.


In addition to youth from local high schools, parents, and persons with lived experience who reside in our community, our current membership (coalition and its subcommittees) include the following organizations and individuals:

  • Representatives from Palatine High School District 211, Schaumburg District 54, Elk Grove District 59, and Elk Grove High School

  • Live4Lali (recovery support services/recovery coaches)

  • Schaumburg, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, and Elk Grove police departments

  • Streamwood Behavioral Health Hospital

  • AMITA Behavioral Health Hospital Hoffman Estates

  • Harper and Oakton College

  • State Representative Michelle Mussman (D-56) (elected official)

  • Trickster Native Cultural Connections (civic)

  • Schaumburg and Elk Grove Libraries (civic)

  • Kingdom Impact Ministries; Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church (faith-based)

  • The Bridge Youth & Family Services (prevention and early intervention)

  • Staff from U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-8)

  • Gateway Foundation

  • Shelter, Inc.

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Meet The Team

Sherrine Peyton


Division Director

Nicole Barrett


Team Manager

Joe Podlasek


 Trickster Native American Art Gallery

Co Chair

Yassi Delgado

High School District 211

Co Chair

Rick Bauer


Conant High School

Vice Chair

Jeanie Michalec

Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist


Nancy Kukankos


The Bridge Youth and Family Services


Eric O'Brien


 Streamwood Behavioral Health

Strategic Planning Subcommittee Chair

Jessie G. (Senior)

Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Leader

Emily L. (Senior)

Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Leader

Val Norris


Elk Grove High School

Elk Grove Village Subcommittee

Katie Ahsell


School District 59

Elk Grove Village Subcommittee

650 E. Algonquin Rd., Ste. 104
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 496-5939
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Funding provided in whole or in part to the Kenneth Young Center by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH).