FHN Family Counseling Center Anti-Drinking Program Receives Grant

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS —The Jo Daviess Juvenile Justice Council has received a grant from Jo Daviess County Country Fair Charities to sponsor efforts by the FHN Family Counseling Center and the Juvenile Justice Council to combat underage drinking.

The grant, in the amount of $2,000, will help to cover the costs of the curriculum to continue a county-wide multi-session youth prevention education program, All Stars. The program was launched at all six Jo Daviess County middle schools in 2018 as part of the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success grant funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

All Stars is a nationally recognized program that encourages youth to resist negative peer pressure and make healthy decisions to achieve a bright future through skill-building activities. More than 400 seventh- and eighth-grade students in Jo Daviess County completed the program this past school year.

Every two years, middle and high school students in all six of the county’s school districts participate in the Illinois Youth Survey. Data from the survey is used to identify trends related to substance misuse so communities can identify relevant prevention strategies. The data also helps communities in securing state and federal funding for prevention programs. The survey measures attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors related to substance use and other related health topics.

Visit www.fhn.org/IYS for the Jo Daviess County State of Our Youth Report or view the complete IYS surveys for Stephenson County, Jo Daviess County, and all other counties in Illinois at iys.cprd.illinois.edu.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 19 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.

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