Dear Friends,
We are really excited about a new program we have created this summer in collaboration with one of our newest partners, Audrey Grunst from AG Behavioral Health & Consulting.  Reclaim is a one-of-a-kind summer retreat focusing on personal development.  Our goal is to provide a fun, engaging, and motivational environment for students age 17-22. This was created in direct response to a need presented to us in our community to offer more personal development opportunities for the young adult population.  We are diving into relevant topics such as emotional intelligence, mindfulness, values-based decision-making, and inviting top notch speakers to engage our youth and young adults and get them excited about building a life worth living. Each day’s topic includes self-awareness, self-management, relationship management and social awareness. On the last day, our bonfire event will pull together the entire four-day series and create a sense of urgency to live a valued life.
See below for more information.  The retreat will take place July 19-21 & 23 (closing bonfire event). Registration spaces are limited.  In the first 24 hours of registration opening, we already had a number of registrations.  So, if you know of someone who would benefit from this experience, please encourage them to register today!  This really is a one-of-a-kind event.  I don’t know of another experience like this one anywhere in the area.
Illinois HB0494
Remember a few weeks ago when we made an urgent plea with you to take action on proposed legislation in the Illinois House that would have lowered the drinking age to 18 in restaurants and other similar establishments?  We thought this was a bad bill for many reasons, and I am happy to report that our advocacy worked.  “That bill is dead.”  It is my understanding that more than 100 calls and emails came into the offices of our local state legislators, so thank you to the many of you who took action on this issue.
As part of this process, our staff met with over 20 state legislators to express our concern with creating the safest possible environments for young people in our communities.  I’m glad that we (and you) got some practice doing this, because there are even bigger issues coming down the road, and we’ll need your help again.
4th of July
Can you believe that the 4th of July – and all the local parades and celebrations that accompany that great day – is just a couple weeks away?  This year, we’ll be sponsoring a 60′ game truck in the parking lot of Grace United Methodist Church in Lake Bluff, which is right on the parade route. We wanted to create a fun and safe opportunity for teens to get indoors and off the beaten path of the parade for a few minutes if they so choose. This game truck will be open to any teen, and will be open from 9 – 11 a.m.  See below for more information.  Special thanks to Grace United Methodist Church, and especially church member Ashley Corsten – who is a good friend of mine and of LEAD – for making this possible.  We hope you and your teen will stop by!
Mobile Apps
Did you know that LEAD has created a series of mobile apps that are helping communities across the Chicago area and beyond access resources?  We currently have 5 mobile apps available, with 4 more in production and set for release this summer.  Our 2 local apps, Lake County Help and 847Help, not only link community members up with local drug and overdose prevention resources, but also provide a simple one-click access to our 24/7 Text-A-Tip line.  Because of this integration, we’ve had more than 6,000 texts from students in Lake County in the past 60 days alone.  Take a look at our apps to access Text-A-Tip, to find where your nearest Rx disposal location is, and to get connected with a participating location for the A Way Out program.  Stay tuned for additional resources coming this summer.  And, if you’re a school district, health department, or other community organization, know that we can do this work for you!
Enjoy the week,
Andy Duran, Executive Director