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Mission Statement: Making A Difference in Our Community

LEAD supports parents and other adults shaping the future of our youth, and is dedicated to promoting healthy family relationships and preventing alcohol, tobacco, drug use, and other risky behavior by youth.

About the Organization

LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs,) a 501(c)3 organization, has been working to promote strong families and healthy youth in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood for 25 years.

LEAD’s goals include empowering parents with knowledge and skills; raising awareness of the importance of strong families in the prevention of risky behavior; and encouraging the community to unite against underage drinking and other risky behavior. LEAD achieves these goals by collaborating with schools, parent groups, law enforcement, businesses, CROYA (Committee Representing Our Young Adults), local government, media, youth, healthcare providers, and other community partners.

LEAD’s recent programming has focused on helping families define success on their own terms -- providing tools, resources, strategies, and skill-building to achieve a healthy life balance; thereby reducing the level of stress and anxiety among our youth which often leads to underage drinking, substance abuse, sexual assault, depression and, in some cases, suicide.

LEAD is also a founding member of and fiscal agent for the Speak Up! Prevention Coalition.


Speak Up Prevention Coalition

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Mission Statement: Making A Difference in Our Community

Speak Up! Prevention Coalition’s mission is to significantly reduce the level of underage drinking and other drug use in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood.

About the Organization

Speak Up! is a local grassroots coalition with members representing parents, youth, schools, law enforcement, media, healthcare providers, businesses, youth-serving groups, local governments, experts in substance abuse prevention, and religious groups, as well as civic and other organizations. We work together to identify and address the local conditions that are contributing to alcohol, marijuana, and prescription/over-the-counter drug abuse by youth. Examples include reducing access to alcohol and other drugs, increasing penalties to those who illegally provide alcohol to youth, and addressing elements of the community culture which contribute to youth stress and anxiety and tolerate underage drinking as a norm.


LEAD is located on the second floor of the Gorton Community Center in room 220.