The Substance Use Prevention Program (SAPP), funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Community Services, is a youth education initiative that provides drug education workshops, informational seminars, and technical assistance to existing community-based programs, local schools, church groups, and the Chicago Park District. The program seeks to improve the education and support systems of vulnerable youth to increase their knowledge and resilience to substance and alcohol use.
Program staff members network with local school administrators to secure school participation in the Illinois Youth Survey, which measures substance use rates, gang membership, and prevalence of violence. The collected statistical information informs the development and implementation of more effective drug prevention programs serving communities of color.
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