Geneva School District 304 News Article

Geneva 304, Kane Juvenile Justice Council to Host Community Forum on Teen Substance Abuse Jan. 22


Dec. 13, 2018



GENEVA — Geneva Community Unit School District 304 and the Kane County Juvenile Justice Council are partnering to host a free program to engage parents and community members in a discussion about the reality of drug and alcohol use among students.
Wake Up Call is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at Geneva High School. The presentation includes three speakers from Your Choice to Live, Inc., including the organization’s founder – a mother of a recovering addict.
Your Choice to Live, Inc. is a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program for students, parents and communities.
Last year, Geneva High School hosted a community forum featuring recovering drug addict Tim Ryan, during which time more than 400 community members attended. Organizers hope this year’s event continues that conversation and provides a new angle about warning signs and methods for successful intervention.
“Student vaping, among other substances, continues to be on the rise. This is not just a national issue; it’s a Geneva issue,” GHS Principal Tom Rogers said. “The only way to combat this trend is by opening up an honest dialogue with our parents and community. GHS staff will be on hand after the presentation to share with parents what we are seeing and managing in our schools.” 
This event is free to the public, thanks to the underwriting support of the Kane County Juvenile Justice Council. The event is not limited to District 304 parents. All are welcome.
“We believe this event will help provide parents with necessary tools to guide their kids toward good decisions about substance use, and also educate parents about how to better monitor their kids’ activities, especially at home," said Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, the chairman of the Juvenile Justice Council. “Substance use puts kids at risk for entering the criminal justice system. Our goal is to keep them out of the system and to keep them safe. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Geneva School District 304 to get this message out.”
A resource fair will follow the Wake Up Call presentation, featuring information tables from local support service resources, which to date include:

  • Anchorpoint – Adolescent Consultant Group 
  • Gateway Foundation
  • Geneva Police Department
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – Kane, DeKalb and Kendall Counties 
  • Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health Services
  • Rosecrance Health Network
  • Stenzel Clinical Services
  • Wellness Within of Fox Valley
This event is only for individuals age 21 and older.
To register for free childcare, please click here.
Geneva School District provides a list of additional support resources on its website at this link.

Wake Up Call: A Community Forum

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Geneva High School Auditorium, 416 McKinley Ave., Geneva

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