Illinois Youth Drug Prevention Activism Soars

Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute

Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute

(Springfield, IL) – One year after the relaunch of an Illinois youth drug prevention group, its summer conference attendance by Illinois high school teens is expected to jump 40 percent.

The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute, administered by the Springfield-based Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) and boosted by a $1.1 million grant from the Skokie-based Cebrin Goodman Center, will host nearly 450 Illinois youth – up from 285 in 2012 – at Eastern Illinois University on July 21–25.

“The $1.1 million Goodman grant included additional funding for an outreach coordinator whose job is to reach out to communities across Illinois who have never participated or have higher rates of alcohol or drug use,” said IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe. “The grant also included additional dollars to provide 150 scholarships for youth to attend the summer conference.”

Larry Goodman, along with his late wife, Lillian Goodman, founded the Skokie based foundation in honor of their granddaughter, Cebrin, who died of a drug overdose. The Foundation has committed the three-year grant to the Springfield-based youth drug prevention program, previously known as the Illinois Teen Institute, as part of his crusade against youth drug abuse.

“We have been able to dramatically expand our outreach to high school students throughout Illinois and provide drug prevention programming to thousands of youth who would otherwise now be overlooked because of the Illinois budget cuts in the last few years,” said Director of Program Development Ron Jakubisin.

Here are the communities that are new to Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute for 2013 that were not in attendance in 2012:

Arlington Heights, Athens, Belvidere, Bunker Hill, Carbondale, Carpentersville, Carterville, Centralia, Champaign, Cicero, Cordova, DeKalb, Divernon, East Alton, Flossmoor, Franklin, Franklin Park, Godfrey, Granville, Green Bay, Greenview, Herrin, Leland, Lostant, Lovington, Malta, Mark, Milwaukee, Naperville, Princeton, Round Lake, Roxana, Sandwich, Schiller Park, Sullivan, Swansea, Vernon Hills, Walnut, Walnut Hill, Waukegan, Williamsville, Wood River, Worden, and Wyanet.

For any questions about the registration/application process, please contact the IADDA office at 217.528.7335 ext. 12.

About the Cebrin Goodman Center

Established in 2005, the Cebrin Goodman Center is committed to the goal of helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy contributing members of society. The often tragic consequences of drug use, abuse, and addiction are a powerful threat to the realization of that goal.

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.

Philanthropist Larry Goodman Donates $1.1 Million Drug Prevention Grant, Creating Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute

(Springfield, IL) – July 18, 2012. In February, the proposed elimination of Illinois’ entire $2.6 million youth drug prevention budget by Governor Pat Quinn caught the attention of Highland Park resident Larry Goodman who unsuccessfully advocated against the cut, but eventually reached for his own checkbook to help save youth drug prevention in Illinois.

IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe (right) speaks at press conference.

Goodman, who along with his late wife, Lillian, founded the Skokie-based Cebrin Goodman Center, today announced at a Springfield conference that he has committed $1.1 million to a Springfield-based youth drug prevention program, the Illinois Teen Institute, which will now be known as the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute.

The three-year, $1.1 million drug prevention grant is equal to 64% of $1.6 million of Illinois drug prevention money that the Illinois General Assembly ended up cutting in the final state fiscal year 2013 budget, which began on July 1.

In fiscal year 2008, Illinois spent $7.5 million on youth drug prevention.

“Illinois is facing a deadly teen heroin epidemic that is roiling Chicago’s suburbs and downstate Illinois, and that is why I stepped up to help,” said Goodman, whose granddaughter, Cebrin, died of a drug-overdose. “It is unconscionable that the governor and lawmakers could cut youth drug prevention money in the midst of this heroin crisis that is terrorizing the suburbs and downstate Illinois.”

“The days of heroin use being confined to the wrong people in the wrong places are gone. It is a plague of all communities, all incomes and all children,” said Wayne Hunter, Lake County sheriff chief of administration, Daily Herald, January 31, 2012.

The newly-minted Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute, which will be administered by the Springfield-based Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA), will take over, in part, where the State of Illinois is in retreat. Additionally, a portion of the funds will go to support Operation Snowball, a drug prevention program also operated by IADDA.

“We will be able to dramatically expand our outreach to high school students throughout Illinois and provide drug prevention programming to thousands of youth who would otherwise now be overlooked because of the Illinois budget cuts,” said CGTI Program Manager Sarah Potter.

The new Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute will be officially launched with hundreds of Illinois high school students at the start of this year’s Teen Institute conference in Bloomington on Sunday, July 22. The conference will be held at Illinois Wesleyan University July 22 through July 26.