The Youth Services Department offers prevention courses for communities, schools, and youth serving organizations to help promote positive youth development. Our topics include Safety, Violence Prevention, Leadership, and Drug and Alcohol education. We schedule our free programs year round so contact us for more info. Here is a list of programs we offer.

* Denotes Also Appropriate for High School Ages

*Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Program (AODEP) : An educational alternative to  court prosecution of juvenile first time offenders. To be eligible you must be age 17 or younger, and arrested in Cook County for possession or use of alcohol or other drugs. Participants attend two 2 1/2 hour group sessions  where parents are required to attend the second session. This program covers the harmful effects of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Marijuana.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: This program consist of two 30 minute sessions and is designed to teach kindergarten through 3rd graders information about refusal skills and communicating a problem of inappropriate activity with a trusted adult. There is also a one session program to educate adults on the problem of child sexual abuse and signs to detect it.

*College Safety 101: Gives information about safety issues regarding college life. Topics include alcohol, personal safety, gambling, hazing, and credit card debt.

Conflict Resolution: This four-session program is a curriculum for students grades 5-6 that teaches basic skill relating to problem solving with others. This includes anger management, problem solving, and communication skills.

Girls On The Run: An after school program for girls grades 3-5 that combines healthy living and positive self-image lessons with athletics

*Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship Program: The Youth Services Department coordinates an annual scholarship program for students residing in Cook County. Based on a written essay, 3 scholarships are awarded to students who will be attending an Illinois college or University the next academic school year.

Internet Safety: This program is for grades 3-6 and discusses the importance of following safety rules when using the Internet.

*Leadership Training: This program is designed to help enhance both individual and group leadership qualities. It focuses on becoming a leader, leadership styles, communication, and team building.

*Loves Me….Loves Me Not: This two session prevention program promotes teen and adult awareness on dating abuse. This program defines abuse, discusses warning signs of domestic violence, and teaches skills to avoid future issues.

Mind Your Kids’ Business: Instructs parents on how to observe the activity of their kids on the Internet and about how to report illegal or questionable Internet activity.

P.A.C.T. Camp: A 1 week mentoring program for at risk 4-5 graders run July-August. For more information click here

*Peer Mediation: A two-day training program for 7-12 graders on how to mediate conflicts between their peers in a fair and peaceful manner.

*Pharmacology: A one hour presentation for students that is implemented to educate on the harmful effects of drugs.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. ( Respectivng Everyone So People Embrace Cultural Togetherness) opens dialogue with students about diversity, race, and other cultures helping them to reject discrimination of any kind.

Safety Town: Is a traffic safety program for kids grades K-2. For more information click here

S.AV.E. (Students Against Violent Encounters) is a tw0 session bullying prevention and conflict resolution program for grades 1-4. Children learn to identify bullying behavior, why some children bully, and dealing with bullying in a non-violent manner.

Stop The Bullying: A two session program for grades 5-8 on how to identify and understand the problem of bullying and harassment.

*Sheriff’s Youth Medal of Honor: Recognizes Cook County High School students who volunteered a minimum of 100 hours of service during the previous year.

*Think Twice: This program consist of two- one hour sessions that discuss the legal consequences of crimes for youth and young adults ranging from Assault and Battery, to DUI’s and even Weapons charges. It also focuses on a detailed description of  the Juvenile Detention Center, The Cook County Jail, and State and Federal Penitentiaries with social statistics and facts.

Yell, Run, and Tell: A child abduction prevention program for students grades K-3. Teaching them the simple steps to keep themselves safe when faced with dangerous situations.