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(Skokie) Students and staff from 33 Chicago-area high schools will gather for the Cebrin Goodman Center High School Substance Abuse Prevention Conference in Skokie on November 7. The day long program is designed for participants to collaborate in an effort to build upon their school’s substance abuse prevention programs. The invite-only conference will feature workshops, speakers, and opportunities for sharing and networking.

Tom Farley, brother of comedian Chris Farley who died in 1997 from drug and alcohol abuse, will kick off the day with a presentation on the effective use of communication and humor to create peer-enhanced environments. Farley will also lead an improvisational workshop on how to deal with peer pressure. As an engaging motivational speaker, Farley frequently shares his knowledge and expertise on substance abuse prevention. “Coming into a room full of teens and whipping them into a frenzy is kind of a family tradition. I get to add a little motivation and empowerment to the mix,” said Farley.

The thirty-three high schools including [specific to areas pitching] are grantees of the Cebrin Goodman Center, an affiliate of the Lillian & Larry Goodman Foundations. The Center was created in 2005 in response to the alarming rate of drug abuse and death among teens and young adults. The tragic loss of the Goodman’s granddaughter served as a catalyst for funding effective drug prevention programs across the U.S.

“There is no one-size-fits all substance abuse prevention program for high schools,” said Mike Elkins, executive director of the Cebrin Goodman Center. “Each school has individual needs according to what is happening in their community. We hope the conference participants will walk away from the conference with feelings of empowerment and additional tools they can use in their respective schools.”

What: Cebrin Goodman Center High School Substance Abuse Prevention Conference

Where: Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie, IL 60077

When: November 7, 8:30 am – 2 pm


The Cebrin Goodman Center is committed to the goal of helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy contributing members of society. The Center has formed ongoing partnerships with local and national organizations whose expertise, vision, and passion uniquely position them to help young people develop the strengths to resist the formidable lure of drugs.


Tom Farley is a bestselling author, marketing consultant and motivational speaker. He is also the brother of the late actor and comedian Chris Farley, who died in 1997 from drug and alcohol abuse. In 1999, Tom Farley created The Chris Farley Foundation to communicate to teens and young adults the dangers of substance abuse.  Known for its effective use of humor, the foundation gained national recognition and was unmatched in its ability to open the “eyes and ears” of youth populations. In 2008 he co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, The Chris Farley Show, a Biography in Three Acts (Viking Press).

An entertaining, funny and engaging public speaker, Tom Farley is frequently asked to provide his knowledge and experience on substance abuse prevention, developing effective communications, non-profit management, and community engagement.  Like the innovative programs he developed for his foundation, Tom engages his audiences by incorporating the experiential and fun elements of improv into his presentations.

Tom Farley was born in Madison, Wisconsin and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Marketing.  Tom Farley has three adult children and lives in Madison.

For more information about this event please call Susan Baum, Director of Communications, 847.674.1400 x 223 or email