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This is a part time position that coincides with the school calendar (late August – late May). The life skills teachers focus on the supplemental education of several social-emotional topics that include; anti-bullying, stress management, goal setting, and prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse. The life skills program targets […]

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The Township of Downers Grove is proud to be a part of the Youth in Crisis Coalition. The Mission of the Coalition is to engage youth, parents, and organizations to reduce suicide attempts and completions and disrupt the journey to suicide. The Youth in Crisis Coalition will achieve this by providing tools, skills, and resources […]

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Downers Grove Township is pleased to announce we are cooperatively working on proactive suicide prevention as a participating stakeholder of the Youth in Crisis Coalition.

According to the CDC, suicide completion rates have surged to a 30-year high in America. As of 2016, the fastest rising age group for suicide completions are adolescents 10-14 […]

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By Denise Freese Dec. 18, 2017

This article appeared in the Suburban Life News SD Edition of December 13-19, 2017

The Downers Grove Township is a local government group that does a terrific job promoting important educational opportunities for students through partnerships and social activities.  Recognizing the valuable impact of these opportunities, St. Mary of […]

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One of the greatest pleasures of working within the Township community has been the incredible opportunity to teach and engage youth with important life skills information at an early age, watch them grow and begin to utilize these skills more fully. Additionally, role playing and guiding our students through drug refusal skills, in this day […]

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Smoking weed can cause a drop in grades, dropping out or sports/activities, frequent suspension, skipping classes, mood swings, decreased family involvement, increased fighting with siblings, sleeping in class, depression, temper outbursts and more! Does this describe you or someone you care about? (http://www.rosecrance.org/) 81% of Burr Ridge Middle School 8th graders report they get […]

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Two-thirds of kids say that upsetting their parents or losing the respect of family and friends is one of the main reasons they don’t smoke marijuana or use other drugs. Have you set clear rules and talked to your kids about marijuana? (http://www.drugfree.org/) 83% of Burr Ridge Middle School 8th graders say their parents […]

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One study shows that teens who use  marijuana are more likely to use other drugs, especially prescription drugs. Heroin use is linked to the use of prescription drugs. (https://www.samhsa.gov/) 97% of Burr Ridge Middle School 8th graders say they have not used marijuana in the past 30 days. (Illinois Youth Survey 2016)

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Peer Jury Program Update

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RE: Peer Jury Program

Effective July 25, 2017, the Peer Jury program administered by the Human Services Department of Downers Grove Township has been suspended.

DG Township Supervisor Mark Thoman released the following update:

We are pleased and encouraged to see residents following up on the consensus reached as a direct result of frank discussions […]

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Drinking alcohol can cause young people to have accidents and get hurt. In 2011 alone, about 188,000 people under age 21 visited an emergency room for injuries related to drinking alcohol. (https://teens.drugabuse.gov) 98% of Burr Ridge Middle School 8th graders say it would be wrong or very wrong for them to have one or […]

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Teen marijuana use spikes during the summer months! More teens tried marijuana for the first time in June and July than any other months of the year. 40% of teens who first tried marijuana did so during May-August.  Each day, in June and July, approximately 5800 teens try marijuana for the first time (https://nsduhweb.rti.org/) […]

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On average, alcohol plays a role in the deaths of 4,358 young people under age 21 every year. (http://nida.org/).

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Summer is vacation for many but also presents challenges for parents and teens.  “Many parents don’t know that teen marijuana use spikes during the summer months.  Marijuana use is riskier than most parents think- in fact, more teens are in treatment for marijuana than all other illicit drugs combined.” (http://nida.org/).

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Marijuana use lessens athletic performance by affecting the part of the brain that controls, timing, coordination and movement. (http://headsup.scholastic.com/students/marijuana-facts) 59% of Burr Ridge Middle School 8th graders think they are at moderate to great risk of harming themselves if they smoke marijuana once or twice a week. (Illinois Youth Survey 2016)

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Teens have more unsupervised time in the summer they are more likely to engage in new drug use and other risky behaviors? There is a spike in marijuana use as well as cigarettes and alcohol use. Teens who are unsupervised are three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs than those who are […]

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