Drug Free Youth Coalition
Mission and Vision Statements
The vision for Champaign County is a healthy, vibrant community that is abuse free of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
The Champaign County Drug Free Youth Coalition mobilizes the community, to be a strong collaborative voice for the promotion of a safe, alcohol, tobacco, and drug free environment for youth.
The Champaign County Family and Children First Council was established as an avenue for organizing social service providers in the community for the purpose of shared local planning, collaboration, and community improvement.
In 2004-2005 the Family and Children First Council embarked into the Partnerships for Success project that required community assessment, needs assessment, resource assessment, and action planning. This collaborative effort involved numerous social service providers in the community and led to the understanding that youth data was lacking in the community.
School districts were approached and gave approval for county eighth grade students to participate in the Search Institute: Profiles of Student Life Survey in 2005 and 2007. Data collected from the Search Institute surveys revealed that substance abuse and suicide ideation were impacting youth in our county.
County leadership created the Champaign County Drug Free Youth Coalition in 2008 (lead by the Family and Children First Council) in response to the youth substance abuse issue.