Our History

We have a 27 year history making an impact in our community and beyond!


The Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Parent Council was formed in October 1986, following a series of events and community forums which rallied residents to address mounting concerns regarding our local teens, including drinking and other drug use, depression, suicide and very high levels of stress. The social acceptability of teen drinking among local adults was also highlighted as a concern. The LF/LB Parent Council’s goal was to bring the parent leaders from all local school parent/teacher associations together to raise awareness of these issues, to increase coordination in prevention efforts among parents and across community groups, and to provide educational resources to parents. Key initiatives coordinated by members of the Parent Council included Red Ribbon Week, Just Say No campaigns, and the Safe Homes Pledge.

The Parent Council evolved into LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs) in 1991 and expanded its work with local schools, parent groups, law enforcement, businesses, CROYA, and other community partners to support and coordinate programs for awareness and prevention of alcohol, drug use, and other risky behavior by youth. LEAD incorporated as a 501(c) 3 organization in 1996 and remained a 100% volunteer run organization until hiring its first Executive Director in the late 1990’s. To this day, LEAD’s mission continues to focus on preventing substance abuse and other risky behavior by youth. Programs include support for parents to develop strong families and healthy youth in grades pre-k through 12.

In 2013, LEAD expanded its services, and now offers trainings, workshops, presentations and keynotes for youth and adults all over the country.  We have conducted services in nearly 20 different states over the past 2 years.  Contact us today to learn how we can best serve your community!