Archive for Subsance Abuse

PEER Services: Step Up for Recovery

PEER Services is holding an annual charity stair climb called Step Up for Recovery on Sunday, November 6th @ 8am in Orrington Plaza.

This event’s mission is to stop stigma and to raise need-based addiction treatment scholarships for teens and adults in recovery.

More information and registration is available at

ESAP Coalition – Tues. Sept. 13


Join the Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention (ESAP) Coalition on Tuesday, September 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Room N112, as we celebrate over 30 years of youth substance abuse prevention in the Evanston community. Reconnect with members who have contributed to the success of reducing youth alcohol and tobacco use, learn about plans for the future, discuss new opportunities, see the data and engage with other professionals and neighbors to learn how to become involved.

For more information, contact ESAP Coalition Coordinator Karen Finstad at or 847-951-0109, or visit esapcoalition.orgRSVP is encouraged, but not required to attend.

Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking – Weds. April 27

PEER Services Town Hall Meeting Flyer

PEER Services and Ted Penesis, from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, will lead a discussion about the impact of social host laws on the prevention of underage drinking.

The town hall meeting is open to the public and will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, in the Meskill Room of the Mallinckrodt Center, at 1041A Ridge Road in Wilmette. For more information contact Erin Tegge at 847-492-1778 or

Building Resilient Youth – Tues. Feb. 23

Please join us for the next Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition presentation & discussion on Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:30-8:30pm at Evanston Township High School Welcome Center- E112. We will be welcoming Erika’s Lighthouse and PEER Services to explore strategies to build healthy, resilient youth and explore the connection between substance use and suicide.

Building Resilient Youth_Flyer

Washington School Resource Fair – Feb. 9 & 10

We are hosting a resource fair at Washington Elementary during Parent-Teacher conferences on the evenings of Tuesday, February 9th, and Wednesday, February 10th from 4-7 p.m.

The goal of the resource fair is to share information about a wide variety of resources, enrichment opportunities, and summer programs  available to Evanston families. In addition to browsing the book tables, learn about enriching summer opportunities for your child in the Evanston/North Shore community. Talk to representatives and bring home materials that detail the myriad of activities in recreational, therapeutic and academic programs.

Some of the confirmed attendees so far include Asociación de Familias Hispanas de Washington, Robert Crown, YWCA, YMCA, YOU, Evanston Substance Abuse Council, D65 Family Center, D65 JEH Education Center, Ridgeville Park District, Evanston Art Center, Childcare Network of Evanston, Center for Talent Development, and many more.

Spanish translation will be provided.

ESAP Coalition Annual Meeting & Community Roundtable – Tues. Nov. 3

ESAPC Presentation on Substance Abuse and Gun Violence – Tues. Sept. 1

Please join the Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition in welcoming Roseanna Ander, MPH, the founding Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab and the Senior Director of UChicago Urban Labs, and Harold Pollack, PhD, Helen Ross Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and Co-Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab to discuss the interplay between substance abuse and gun violence and explore how our community can align efforts to improve youth outcomes. Presentation is open to the public.  1.5 free CEUs (LSW, LCSW) are offered for attendees.
  Tuesday, September 1, 2015
7:00-9:00pmLorraine H. Morton Civic Center
Parasol Room (4th Floor)
2100 Ridge Ave. Evanston, IL 60201For more information, contact:
Karen Finstad, Coalition Coordinator

Conversation on Risks of Youth Marijuana Use – Tues. Dec. 2

10620328_378731242286343_2414182120343789766_oThe Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition continuing the conversation on the risks of youth marijuana use on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School Room W124.

For more information about the ESAP Coalition, contact 847-951-0109 or

Evanston Township High School, Rm W124

1600 Dodge Ave

Evanston, IL 60201

Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Meeting – Tues. Oct. 29

 Substance AbuseYou are invited to join the ESAP Coalition at the next community meeting which will take place on Tuesday October 29th at ETHS from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in room N-112.
They want to hear from you about what you can do to prevent drug use/abuse in the community.
Please invite friends and neighbors.  If you have any questions please call Miguel Jimenez at (847) 951-0109 or email at