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For Immediate Release – April 20, 2011
(Skokie, IL) For teens, spring is the season for spring break, prom, and graduation parties. Therefore, the Partnership for Drugfree.org deems April the perfect time for Alcohol Awareness month to educate young people about the dangers of alcohol.The often tragic consequences of substance use, abuse, and addiction are a powerful threat to young people in fulfilling their potential as happy, healthy, contributing members of society. The Cebrin Goodman Center (a branch of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations) supports ongoing partnerships with organizations whose expertise, vision, and passion uniquely position them to help young people develop the strengths to resist the formidable lure of drugs and alcohol. Chicago’s Lawrence Hall, Youth Guidance, and Prevention First have been selected by the Cebrin Goodman Center to receive grants for prevention related programs serving at-risk teens.
Lawrence Hall, a child welfare agency in operation in Chicago since 1874, serves children through educational, counseling, recreational, and therapeutic programs. Through a one-year grant from the Cebrin Goodman Center in support of the Therapeutic Recreation program, Lawrence Hall is able to continue encouraging youth to learn critical socialization skills, including anger and emotional management, to ultimately make positive decisions.
“The Therapeutic Recreation program at Lawrence Hall provides important prevention and intervention services as part of our effort to provide holistic care. With the help of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations, we will use our arts, recreation, and leisure activities to help young people develop new skills and reinforce positive alternatives to substance abuse,” said Dr. Orson Morrison, vice president of clinical services.
Research and experience indicate that peer leadership models can be very effective strategies for delivering prevention messages. Youth are prone to respond better to messages that are delivered by other youth. With this idea in mind, the Foundation has provided a one year grant to fund Prevention First’s Youth and Volunteer Speaker’s Bureau, which will “train and mobilize groups of youth and adults to act as statewide ambassadors to spread effective drug prevention messages and promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles in their communities,” said Karel Homrig, executive director of Prevention First. “Volunteers will work toward raising public awareness of substance abuse prevention by responding to speaking and presentation requests at the local level.”
Chicago social service organization Youth Guidance has been providing programs designed to help children succeed in school and life for nearly 90 years. Their program Girls Life uses a group therapy-like model program in three Chicago Public Schools that focuses on at-risk girls ages 11 through 16 who have minimal and/or unhealthy coping skills. Many use drugs and alcohol, and engage in unprotected sex, self-mutilation, or gang involvement. Youth Guidance’s Girls Life program aims to enhance character development, self-esteem, social and interpersonal skills and provides lessons on decision making, resisting peer pressure, and assertiveness. The one-year grant from the Foundation permits staff to refine the curriculum so the program can be replicated at other schools.
Lillian and Larry Goodman created the Cebrin Goodman Center in memory of their granddaughter, Cebrin, who lost her battle with drug addiction. The Goodman family wants to spare other families the pain of losing a loved one by educating teens, parents, and communities about substance abuse and other challenges facing teens today.
For more information contact: Susan Baum, 847.674.1400 ext. 223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundationsis a family foundation dedicated to strengthening Jewish life in Chicago and Israel, as well as improving the quality of life within the Chicago metropolitan area by supporting secular organizations that address hunger issues and promote the prevention of drug abuse. The Lillian and Larry GoodmanFoundations are based in Skokie, Illinois.