About Us

Prevention First is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to preventing teen drug use before it starts. Since 1980, Prevention First has provided training, technical assistance and resource materials to thousands of schools, community groups, parents and youth in:

  • Developing strategic plans to address local substance abuse prevention needs
  • Selecting and implementing the best programs, curricula and strategies designed to promote social and emotional health and prevent substance abuse
  • Developing and implementing media and communication campaigns designed to educate the public about how it can help prevent substance abuse

Prevention First is primarily funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Additional funding is provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Department of Transportation, and through private foundations and individual donations.

Our headquarters is in Springfield, IL, and we have a branch office in Chicago.