The Substance Abuse Prevention Services (SAPS) grant serving the Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Palatine (“SHP”) area provides evidence-based prevention services to reduce the alcohol rates and the non-medical use of prescription drugs amongst 7th-12th graders in the service area.

This target population is served through an array of prevention services: (1) implementation of Project ALERT at CCSD54 Jr high schools, (2) implementation of two statewide media campaigns, (3) support to schools in the administration of the IYS, (4) raise awareness on local Drug Take Back programs, (5) develop a resource guide, (6) conduct two activities during SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week and (7) create a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and work with members on our prevention services.

For more information please contact Sydney Hammuck, Project Lead –

The SAPS grant initiative is to provide evidence-based prevention services to 12-18 year olds in the Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Palatine communities. Direct services include:

District 211 Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is compiled of youth (ages 15-18) who attend schools in District 211 who are interested in creating opportunities for positive youth development in their community. YAC meetings take place once a month and are planned and led by youth with the support of the Positive Youth Development staff from the Kenneth Young Center.


The YAC’s purpose is to, “identify and address issues in the community that influence positive youth development,” such as: substance use prevention, healthy relationships, anti-bullying, etc. while also developing leadership skills.

The YAC participates in the decision and activities of the Communities for Positive Youth Development (CPYD) Coalition, while also planning community engagement activities throughout the school year (August-May) and activities for SAMHSA’s National Prevention week. The goal with the YAC is to ensure a diverse youth perspective and engagement in the community, while also earning Harper Promise hours and community service hours for school.


YAC meetings take place on the first Wednesdays of the month from 6-8p at the Trickster Art Gallery.