Prevention First is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to preventing teen drug use before it starts.

Since 1980, Prevention First has been committed to helping communities promote health and well-being and prevent substance misuse. We do this through training, technical assistance, public awareness initiatives, and providing resource materials to thousands of schools, community groups, parents, and youth in:

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

Please see our renewed commitment statement.

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, private foundations, and individual donations.

Our headquarters is in Springfield, IL. Our branch office in Chicago.


Advance efforts to promote healthy behaviors and prevent substance misuse through training, support, and public awareness.

Agency Vision
Be the leading resource for knowledge-building and the dissemination of effective practices.

Community Vision
Communities that actively support health and well-being.