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Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act Grant awarded!

We are excited to announce that we have received new funding to address underage drinking among youth and young adults (ages 12- 20 years old) in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, and Elk Grove Village! The Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act will be effective April 30, 2020 through April 29, 2024 and will allow us to continue the work of the current IDHS-funded underage drinking prevention grant (also known as the Strategic Prevention Framework- Partnerships for Success Grant) ending on June 30, 2020. In addition, with new funding we are able to expand services to Elk Grove Village!

Kenneth Young Center receives a new grant! The goal of this program is to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth and young adults ages 12 to 20 years old.

This four-year $50,000 per year grant is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and will coordinate with our current Drug-Free Communities program. With STOP Act funding, the coalition aims to reduce underage drinking rates by implementing campaigns to educate the community about underage drinking, conducting alcohol retailer compliance checks and Responsible Beverage Service and Sales training, and advocating for school participation in the Illinois Youth Survey.

The goals of the coalition's STOP Act project are to:

  • Reduce the 30-day use rates for 10th and 12th grade underage drinking by April 29, 2024 by implementing evidence-based environmental strategies that address local conditions. These will be determined by assessing local contributing factors to underage drinking, developing a logic model and implementing an action plan for each identified local condition.

  • Recruit at least 50% of the schools in the service area to participate in the 2022 and 2024 Illinois Youth Survey (IYS). The IYS is our most reliable source of local youth data relating to substance use and related risk factors.

We are confident that with your continued support and engagement, this project will be a success! If you have any questions or would like to be involved in any of our coalition efforts, please reach out to Rosa Arvizu at

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