When we think of at-risk youth, suburban communities are often the last places that we associate with children, adolescents, and teens in trouble. Growing poverty and homelessness,changing demographics, and the easy availability of high-risk drugs are among the factors challenging the common perception of the suburbs as a haven for young people. Learn more about the growing risk for young people in the suburbs. Sit down with legislators, experts, and providers for a Town Hall meeting examining the unique challenges facing youth in our communities today and discussing the resources and options for helping.
Please join the Illinois Collaboration on Youth and the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association at the Wheeling Township Community Center on Thursday, October 23, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. We will learn more about the adolescent brain development, risk factors, assets, and resources for youth and families in the suburbs. The goal is to look at trends occurring in Chicago suburbs and discuss how we can work together to address these emerging issues. Our panelists include Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Westmont), Anne Studzinski of the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition, along with co-sponsors the Illinois Collaboration on Youth and the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA). Don’t miss out on this opportunity to engage in an important dialogue and work on solutions together!