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Sugar & Spice: Not Everything Is Nice

On September 16, 2014 By

When I was in middle school, it was important for me to fit in. My permed hair was teased high in the front, and I always wore the hottest styles at that time.   Being the oldest of 5 children ensured that I didn’t always get the costly clothes or latest hair style. Hairstyles and clothing [...]

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This summer, Downers Grove Township chose 46 high school aged leaders to be our next 2014-2015 Peer Led Program Teachers. Downers Grove Township’s Peer Led Life Skills Program offers a great opportunity for local students from all five high schools within the township to become positive role models in our community. These leaders who [...]

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Life Skill Program: Reaching farther than most know.

The Township’s youth education program, entitled “Life Skills” has successfully completed another school year. Julie Waterman and Jason Shiliga, the youth educators at the Township, visited 21 schools in the past school year and taught classes to over 3,400 students in the Township.

Our program is designed [...]

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Parties to Prom – Should Parents Care about Underage Drinking?

The Community Coalition for Prevention will host a Town Hall meeting on underage drinking at Downers Grove South High School to recognize National Alcohol Awareness month. A Town Hall meeting, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), brings together community leaders and [...]

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Our Life Skills program focuses on teaching various subjects such as Anti-Bullying, Managing Stress, Goal-Setting, and Drug and Alcohol Awareness. We teach 4th – 8th graders in schools located within the boundaries of the Township. Follow the Township Life Skills Teachers on Twitter @DGTLifeSKills for news and updates.

Hello! Julie Waterman and Jason [...]

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On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the Township was invited to participate in a heroin forum hosted by the Westmont Police Department, in collaboration with the Community Unit School District 201 and Maercker School District 60. The forum included a panel discussion that highlighted the alarming increase in heroin use within DuPage County. According to Dr. [...]

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The Downers Grove Township Peer Led Life Skills Program is excited to return for another school year at Westview Hills Middle School. Over the summer new teachers were admitted to the program including 12 Westview Hills Alumni.

A few weeks ago, the Downers Grove Township Peer Led Life Skills teachers taught the 7th and [...]

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The Township’s Life Skills Program

On September 6, 2013 By

The Downers Grove Township is thrilled to be in our 25th year of offering the Life Skills program to our local schools! During the 2013/2014 school year, our Life Skills Teachers will be teaching lessons at 22 schools located within the Township. The program is taught by Jason Shiliga and Julie Waterman, and includes a [...]

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General Description & Background

This position focuses on the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse through a life skills program that targets youth in grades 3rd through 8th. Downers Grove Township includes several communities and provides life skills programs to numerous elementary, middle school and jr. high schools.

This staff will be [...]

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Attention Residents:

The due date for the 2012-2013 Peer Led Life Skills Teacher applications is next Friday, May 25, 2012. All applications can be turned into the Downers Grove Township office at 4340 Prince St, Downers Grove.

The application can be found here.

This is a wonderful leadership opportunity for high school students to [...]

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Perspective Teachers:

We are searching for new student teachers for the 2012 – 2013 school year for our Peer Led Life Skills Program. Majority of the students who teach with this program are from Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South and Westmont High School.

The high school leaders are recruited [...]

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Downers Grove Township is seeking new Peer-Led Life Skills Teachers for the 2011-2012 School Year

The Peer-Led Life Skills Program seeks to promote positive social behaviors and establish relationships with the 7th and 8th grade located in the township middle schools. These relationships are reached through a once per month core life skills program for [...]

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On Thursday November 4th, the Downers Grove Township Peer-Led Life Skills Program taught their Self Esteem and Self Image curriculum to the 7th graders at Westview Hills Middle School. The peer teachers taught students on how self-esteem and self-image develop, the difference between self-esteem and self-image, and what are the positive and negative affects on [...]

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Youth Leader Shines in Our Community

On December 6, 2010 By

Part of my job responsibilities as prevention specialist for Downers Grove Township is to work with local youth who are leaders in our community. During my first three months at the Township I have had the pleasure of meeting several teens that demonstrate wonderful leadership qualities. I’d like you to meet Shirin Ali, [...]

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Life Skills

On January 25, 2010 By


The Life Skills program continues to reach a wide number of students and the next five months of 2010 will keep our two Life Skills teachers busy. We will be in the following schools through May of 2010:

January – Westview Hills Middle School February – Lakeview Jr. High, Westview [...]

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What is the M.A.SK. Program?
The Township’s Managing Anger Skills is a six week prevention/intervention program for youth ages 12 to 17 and their parent or guardian and is held three times per year. It has been designed to meet the needs of youth and families who have anger related difficulties by providing [...]

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Life Skills – Upcoming Events

On November 6, 2009 By

Our Life Skills program will be quite busy over the next two months, leading up to the Winter Break at the local schools.  We will be visiting and teaching at seven different schools in the area before the end of December.

Eighth Grade Classes O’Neill Middle School – November 9th – 13th ATOD Prevention Clarendon [...]

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Helpful Links

On November 3, 2009 By

Up-to-date information and resources on parenting, drug and violence prevention, and mental health services for youth and families.

Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) [...]

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Our year is off to a great start! Our school-based life skills programs have begun. The adult-monitored teen-led Westview Hills Middle School program has started its monthly core and booster curriculum sessions. Talented high school youth from our Township have been trained to facilitate the program. Of course, some added benefits for these high school [...]

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Westview Hills Training

On August 26, 2009 By

On August 21st and 22nd the teachers of the Township’s Westview Hills Peer-Led Life Skills Program attended their training that would prepare them for the coming school year.  What makes this life skills program different from others is the fact that instead of adult teachers, the Township recruits and trains high school students to become [...]

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