Prevention First works closely with middle schools and high schools through the Youth Prevention Resource Center to positively impact teens during this formative period in their lives. Educational institutions provide an audience and opportunity to connect with students on topics including Traffic Safety, Substance Misuse Prevention, Youth Leadership Development, and Mental Health. We’re proud to have middle schoolers and high schoolers from throughout Illinois on our YPRC Student Advisory Board.
Data drives the evolution of prevention strategies and educational institutions. Middle schools, high schools, and colleges/universities provide much-needed access to survey our students on their health behaviors. Through the Illinois Youth Survey and CORE survey, Prevention First accesses data on substance misuse patterns and behaviors of middle school through college-age students in the state of Illinois.