By Rosa Arvizu
The Communities for Positive Youth Development (CPYD) Coalition is currently using the Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) model, to reduce the alcohol use rate and contributing factors for 8th-12th graders in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Palatine. Awarded in 2014 and ending on June 30,2020, this grant is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services.
By implementing communication campaigns targeting parents and adults, supporting the enforcement of local Social Host Ordinances, advocating for school participation in the Illinois Youth Survey, among other efforts, the alcohol rates among youth have lowered over time.
In 2018, 14 out of 14 local middle and high schools participated in the Illinois Youth Survey resulting in 100% participation. The IYS is a self-report survey administered in school settings and is designed to gather information about a variety of health and social indicators including substance use patterns and attitudes of Illinois youth. Among other major accomplishments by the coalition’s work: In 2018, the 10th grade past 30-day alcohol use rate was 14% (compared to 16% in 2016) and 33% for 12th graders (compared to 37% in 2016).