August 9, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The DuPage County Prevention Leadership Team (PLT) is pleased to announce it has received the Teen Safety Award from the National Safety Council (NSC). The Teen Safety Award recognizes an individual or organization working to improve teen safety and save lives.
The NSC identified the PLT because its efforts have had a measurable impact on protecting teens.
"Since 2011, the Prevention Leadership Team has made remarkable strides in protecting teens in DuPage County," said Morgan Cihak, NSC program manager. "Through its work, residents have been educated on teen substance use and mental health issues, with incredible results and support from the community."
The top goals of the PLT are reducing substance use and improving mental health of DuPage County residents 18 and younger.
"We appreciate the National Safety Council recognizing the progress of the PLT and their work to support our youth," said Karen Ayala, DuPage County Health Department Executive Director. "We want to help teens make smart choices today, so they can be wise decision makers as adults tomorrow."
According to the Illinois Youth Survey, since the PLT was formed eight years ago, alcohol and prescription drug use has declined among DuPage County high school students.
"While we are grateful to be recognized by the National Safety Council, we will continue to work with our partners to keep DuPage County youth safe," said Jordan Esser, Health Department Community Initiatives Coordinator.
To learn more about the PLT, please visit their website.