Underage Drinking Prevention Grant


The SPF’S program’s initiative is to reduce the alcohol use rate and contributing factors for 8th-12th graders by implementing a communication campaign target parents and adults, supporting the enforcement of local Social Host Ordinances, advocating for school participation in the Illinois Youth Survey, and more.

The Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships (SPF-PFS) Grant serves the villages of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Palatine with funding awarded to Kenneth Young Center from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal of the SPF-PFS Grant, also known as the Underage Drinking Prevention Grant, is to decrease past 30-day alcohol rate and contributing factors for 8th-12th graders in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Palatine.

SPF-PFS will utilize the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) and local data for data-driven decision-making and
implementation of evidence-based environmental strategies. SPF-PFS staff work with a community coalition (Communities for Positive Youth Development) to implement all components of the Strategic Prevention Framework (pictured below) in a culturally competent and sustainable manner.

SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a planning process for preventing substance use and misuse. The five steps (Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation) and two guiding principles of the SPF (Sustainability and Cultural Competence) offer prevention professionals a comprehensive process for addressing the substance misuse and related behavioral health problems facing their communities.

What We Are Working On

Staff from the SPF-PFS Grant will be implementing four strategies in the community to address local contributing factors underage drinking:

  1. Adult Communication Campaign
  2. Parent Communication Campaign
  3. Party Prevention and Controlled Party Dispersal
  4. Social Host Policy Education, Promotion, and Enforcement