CTAD Unveils Display at First Bank of Highland Park Showing Local Teens Live Alcohol & Drug-Free

CTAD’s display on the First Bank of Highland Park’s Ruth Fell Wander Art Wall, highlights survey results showing 75% of local high school students do not vape.

Online PR News – 22-January-2020 – Highland Park, IL – Community - The Anti-Drug’s (CTAD’s) new display on the First Bank of Highland Park’s Ruth Fell Wander Art Wall, highlights survey results showing more than 75% of Highland Park and Deerfield high school students do not vape and 76% don’t use tobacco or marijuana.

CTAD, a community organization dedicated to reducing the use of alcohol, marijuana and drugs among youth in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland Park, Highwood and Riverwoods, is using the display through Jan. to highlight critical substance use results among Highland Park and Deerfield teens from the 2018 Illinois Youth Survey (IYS).

IYS is a self-report survey administered in school settings that gathers information about a variety of health and social indicators, including substance use patterns and attitudes of Illinois youth. Over 2,790 Highland Park and Deerfield eighth graders and high school students participated in the 2018 survey. Students will participate in the survey again this semester, providing data that will help inform CTAD’s future strategies.

In addition to local survey results, the display educates the public on CTAD’s mission and vision, showcases the organization’s partners, resources and the current “Two Truths” marijuana prevention media campaign. The exhibition includes interactive tips for parents and guardians to use to engage their teen in a meaningful conversation about substance abuse as well as fact sheets and resource guides to take home.

“We are inspired by the dedication and generosity of the First Bank of Highland Park, which has been a staple in the neighborhood for over 60 years. We appreciate the opportunity to share CTAD’s accomplishments toward creating a safe, healthy and drug-free environment for our youth,” said Barbara de Nekker, CTAD’s executive director. “CTAD plays a unique role at the grassroots level in Highland Park, and it’s humbling to know that so many organizational partners, like the First Bank, enable CTAD to continuously meet or exceed our goals.”

CTAD’s objectives include increasing communications among students, parents and community members, providing information on drug prevention programs and change the environment for youth so that the drug-free choice is the easy choice.

CTAD also reviews and recommends consistent school policies, local ordinances and resources across each community to ensure a comprehensive approach that supports local youth from all angles.
To celebrate the launch of the display, more than 20 city and community members gathered at the Bank Monday, Jan. 6, to unveil the exhibition, including Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, North Shore School District 112 Superintendent Mike Lubelfeld Ed.D., Township High School District 113 Superintendent Dr. Bruce Law, School Resource Officer Amy Hyndman, students Olivia Alvarez and Cella Cison from the Highland Park High School Delta drug prevention program and CTAD’s Co-Presidents Rev. Court Williams from Trinity Episcopal Church and Minelle Amezquita from Family Service of Lake County.

“CTAD is a great organization that has an impressive reputation for working with partners, parents, local government, school officials, clergy and healthcare professionals to reduce the use of alcohol, marijuana and drugs among youth,” said Eric Ephraim, president and chief operating officer at First Bank of Highland Park and Highland Park native. “We are dedicated to supporting a diverse range of local and socially responsible groups and key projects that make a positive impact on our community.”

To further support CTAD, the First Bank of Highland Park will donate $2 (up to $250) to CTAD for every like their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/firstbankofhighlandpark) receives in January.

For more information about CTAD or to sign-up for the monthly parent newsletter, visit https://communitytheantidrug.org/ or on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To learn more about the First Bank of Highland Park, visit https://www.firstbankhp.com/.