Communities For Positive Youth Development
The Communities for Positive Youth Development will be hosting an open house for new and current members at our Q-Center Location on 650 E. Algonquin Road Suite 104 Schaumburg, IL 60173 from 10am-12pm. This event will be in-person and will be an opportunity to connect with new and current members before starting off the school year. We hope to see new faces and begin to grow our coalition! 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 Elk Grove Township Subcommittee
The goal of this subcommittee is to gain a sense of community and collaboration among different sectors of this service area and allow these sector representatives to participate in the organization and planning of programming to influence positive youth development within the community. We continue to help provide mental health and prevention resources to community members for the betterment of the community. If interested in finding out more about the coalition contact Mario Nunez at email@example.com
Please join us at 650 E Algonquin Road, Schaumburg to access any of the following groups and resources! We would love to have you!
Rainbow Room YAC
By queers, for queers! By teens, for teens! The Rainbow Room Youth Advocates for Change is a year-round group dedicated to LGBTQ+ advocacy, leadership, and community organizing. The Rainbow Room YAC is open to LGBTQ+-identified and LGBTQ+-allied high school students in the Northwest suburbs. The Rainbow Room YAC meets twice monthly. We would love to welcome you! To be a part of the Rainbow Room YAC, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Night (13-17)
Community Night centers LGBTQ+ teens in the Northwest suburbs. As a queer teen, you can expect your interests and opinions to be welcomed, as all of our Community Nights center the needs of our attending community members! Each session is an opportunity to learn, have fun, and build community with those around you in a safe space. Community Night is held biweekly on Thursday evenings. For more information, please email email@example.com.
The Q Closet aims to provide a shopping experience that is accessible, affirming, and accommodating for all LGBTQ+ people! All items in the Q Closet are free of charge to LGBTQ+ visitors as well as organized by queer folks with queer folks in mind. The Q Closet shopping experience is limited to two visitors at a time to accommodate space and privacy needs. Q Center staff will rearrange the shopping experience for any visitor who requires accessibility accommodations as well as provide a private space to change/try on clothing at all times. All donations are vetted by LGBTQ+ Q Center staff.
Problem Gambling and Gambling Addictions
Problem gambling is any gambling behavior that disrupts a person’s day-to-day life. If a person is preoccupied with gambling, gambling despite knowing serious consequences, spending an inappropriate amount of time and money on gambling, these may be signs of a gambling problem. Although both titles are often used interchangeably, addiction specialists define the main difference between a gambling addiction and a gambling problem so that a person with a gambling addiction may need additional support such as an intervention to reduce their impulsive behaviors. Like many addictive behaviors, gambling problems often pair with other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and substance use. Gambling problems can affect people from many different backgrounds. People of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and genders can fall victim to a gambling addiction. In addition to the financial consequences, people dealing with a gambling addiction can lose their job, suffer relationship problems and even experience homelessness. Treatment geared towards addictive behaviors has become more accessible in recent years.
Kenneth Young Center (KYC) provides free screenings to help identify problem gambling and can provide connections to personalized supports that address the specific concerns an individual is experiencing. To be connected with this free service, call our team at 847−524−8800. We also offer both non-clinical and clinical supports for people facing a myriad of addictive behaviors or substance use concerns.
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SMART Recovery at KYC
SMART Recovery program
offers specific tools &
Building & Maintaining Motivation
Coping with Urges
Managing Thoughts, Feelings & Behaviors
Living a Balanced Life.
People using the SMART Program:
Move away from addictions and toward satisfying lives.
Learn tools and techniques for self-directed change
Benefit from improved tools as scientific knowledge of addiction recovery evolves.
Kenneth Young Center's Recovery Support Services staff are certified facilitators of the SMART Recovery program and believe in trauma-informed and peer-led group facilitation as the most effective way to engage teens in discussions about substance use and other harmful behaviors.
Funding is provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services-Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS-SUPR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).