About LEAD

Do you know LEAD? We’d like to know you. Our programs and events are designed to support parents and teens build healthy relationships and find alternatives to using drugs and alcohol. As our kids get older, we stop talking to them about actions that can harm them. We at LEAD are asking you to #DiveIn. It’s time for all of us to be part of the solution.

LEAD™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to parents and other adults and their role in the promotion of healthy family relationships and the prevention of alcohol, drug use, and other risky behavior by youth.  LEAD has served the Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and Knollwood, IL communities (population 30,000) for nearly 30 years, and now conducts trainings, workshops and presentations for both youth and adults all over the country.

LEAD also manages and operates the Speak UP! Prevention Coalition.  Speak UP! is a grassroots community anti-drug coalition formed in 2006 to significantly reduce the levels of alcohol and drug use by youth in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood.  The coalition is funded in part by a federal Drug Free Communities grant and has volunteer members from all sectors of the community.  Speak UP! is specifically focused on reducing alcohol, marijuana, and prescription/over-the-counter drug use by youth and has established logic models and detailed strategic action plans to do so.

Rapid Response

Talking about drugs and alcohol with your kids isn’t easy.  That’s where we can help.  We’ve developed a series of conversation starters and talking tips to help you through these discussions.  You’d be surprised how effective a simple conversation with your child can be.  And when you share your beliefs on using drugs and alcohol, your child has a clear understanding of your expectations for him or her.

Being Mindful

Not sure where to start?  LEAD offers programming and educational seminars on topics including drug and alcohol prevention, prescription drug abuse, medical marijuana legislation & e-cigarettes.  We develop programming that will give you fresh ideas on parenting, negotiating the teen/parent relationship and how to maneuver through social media.  LEAD also works with middle school and high school youth to offer safe and healthy community activities, educational programming and a 24-hour community text hotline.

Innovative Approach to Prevention

While education tries to change what people know, prevention works to change what people do.  As our prevention approach has matured, we’ve learned one main thing– scare tactics don’t work.  Our approach focuses on positive messaging and calls to action.  Our programs and events represent an ongoing process of education and best practices to continually keep our community aware of the current drug, alcohol and social trends that are affecting our youth.

Clear Communication - Let Us Help You!

Talking about drugs and alcohol with your kids isn’t easy.  That’s where we can help.  We’ve developed a series of conversation starters and talking tips to help you through these discussions.  You’d be surprised how effective a simple conversation with your child can be.  And when you share your beliefs on using drugs and alcohol, your child has a clear understanding of your expectations for him or her.

Don't Be Shy. Get In Touch.

If you are interested in working together, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

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