Youth Alcohol and Drug Prevention School Training

Austin Plus Direct Service

The Austin Plus Direct Service site plan is funded by a grant from the IL Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention And Recovery (IDHS-SUPR). This grant engages substance use prevention activities among high school age youth, with a priority on underage drinking. For more than 30 years, the agency has devoted a considerable amount of its time and resources to aiding Chicago’s west side communities of color. Through the Austin Plus DS grant the agency has identified and strengthened key partnerships that have led to a multitude of new health promotion and wellness opportunities for community members. The agency is currently providing services to the following West Side Chicago Public Schools: Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, Al Raby School for Community and Environment, and Community Christian Academy and Academy of Scholastic Achievement Alternative Schools.


The Spectrum of Current Services is as follows:

  • Youth Prevention Education (YPE, “Too Good for Drugs” Curriculum)

  • Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

  • Community Youth Resource Guide

  • Youth-centered Communication Campaign #1

  • Parent-centered Communication Campaign #2

  • Promote the 2022 Illinois Youth Survey

  • Support DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day (2x per year)

  • Encourage Participation and Sponsor Activities for National Prevention Week (2x per year)