Join us on September 26-27, 2024!

You’re invited to learn from experts and each other about issues, current trends, and innovative practices that promote healthy environments, resiliency, and equity among youth, adults, and communities. We will have programming for all professionals who work across the continuum of care, including prevention, treatment, recovery, mental health, school-based personnel, and community-based organizations. Stay tuned to this site and our communication channels for exciting agenda and speaker updates! Sign up to receive email updates about the Connections in Prevention Conference.

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Conference Information

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Registration and Cost Information

When you register for the Connections in Prevention Conference, you will receive:

  • One and a half days of conference programming, including keynote speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities.

  • Lunch on September 26 and Breakfast on September 27.

  • Ticket to the Networking Reception on September 26.
  • CEU credits for any conference sessions attended*.

  • Discounted room rate for conference attendees.

  • Admission to the Exhibit Hall (Over 20 exhibitors!).



Conference - September 26 (8:00 - 5:00 pm) and September 27 (8:00 - Noon)

Early Bird Conference Registration - $400
(Ends 7/26/24)

Conference Registration - $450
(7/27/24 - 8/16/24)

Last-Minute Conference Registration - $500
(8/17/24 - 8/30/24)

Groups of five (5) or more can receive a $25/registration discount. Please email to register your group. Please note all participants will need to register and pay together.

Walk-in attendees cannot be accommodated at the pre-conference or conference.
Please be sure to register right away!

Youth Track

We invite youth in your area to participate in the Connections in Prevention Conference Youth Track! Youth participants will learn what it means to be a change agent in their environments and how they can become the architects of their futures. They will learn from experts in the field and gain important prevention and leadership skills.

To foster a diverse experience for our participants, we will accept a maximum of two (2) youths from any particular school, program, or coalition. If additional spots are available, we will consider accepting more youth from a school, program, or coalition on a case-by-case basis.

Applicant Criteria:

  • Youth in grades 9th-12th (during the 2024-2025 school year).
  • Youth involved in prevention, youth leadership, or other youth groups.
  • Youth interested in becoming advocates for healthy environments for themselves and their peers.
  • Youth who want to learn more about substance use prevention and how to impact change.
  • Must have an adult chaperone on-site during the conference.

If chosen to participate, youth can do so at no cost. One chaperone from each school, program, or coalition can receive one complimentary conference registration for the Connections in Prevention Conference. The youth or the programs with which they’re associated must cover all travel and lodging costs. 

Are you interested? Please complete and submit an application today!

Conference Location

Marriott Chicago Naperville - Located in award-winning Naperville, The Marriott Chicago Naperville has been a staple of this community for over 12 years. It remains the #1 full-service Marriott hotel in the Chicagoland Market. Located directly off the Ronald Regan (I-88) toll road, the hotel is at an equal distance between O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Located just steps away from the hotel, Freedom Commons shopping center offers a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options, as does downtown Naperville, which is just minutes away.

Connections in Prevention Conference hotel rate - $159.00/night + tax. After registration, you will receive information on how to book your room as part of the conference room block.

Exhibitors, Presenters, and Sponsors

With an audience of 300 adults and 50 youth, the Connections in Prevention Conference is a CEU-credentialed event targeting prevention professionals, social workers, counselors, thought leaders within the world of prevention, and youth. It is a perfect opportunity for you to become an exhibitor, presenter, or sponsor. Learn more about these opportunities by visiting the following links:

  • Exhibitor Opportunities: Build your business and relationships by sharing your organization's goods or services with our guests.

  • Call for Presenters: Become one of our conference's presenters and share your knowledge with our guests.

  • Sponsorship Opportunities: Sponsor our conference and help us give our guests a rewarding experience to remember!

Register Today!