About CPYD

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The Communities for Positive Youth Development (CPYD) coalition is a collaboration of community partners who share the common goal of positive youth development, including a lifestyle that is free of alcohol, drugs, and other substances and promotes diverse recovery support services across the lifespan. 


The community coalition model is an evidence-based strategy to address public health issues through coordinated efforts. By using local data and a strategic planning process that is inclusive of our partners, including youth and persons with lived experiences, the coalition supports comprehensive strategies to address those issues that are most relevant to the community and to foster positive youth development. 


The coalition’s goal is to reflect the diversity of our community and to have a strategy in place to ensure that all community voices are being engaged.

The coalition is made up of individuals and organizations who are key stakeholders in supporting the full continuum of care (prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery) and their related support services in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, and Palatine.


In addition to youth from local high schools, parents, and persons with lived experience who reside in our community, our current membership (coalition and its subcommittees) include the following organizations and individuals:

  • Township High School District 211, Schaumburg District 54, Elk Grove District 59, and Elk Grove High School

  • Live4Lali (recovery support services/recovery coaches)

  • Schaumburg, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, and Elk Grove police departments

  • Streamwood Behavioral Health Hospital

  • AMITA Behavioral Health Hospital Hoffman Estates

  • Harper and Oakton Community Colleges

  • State Representative Michelle Mussman (D-56) (elected official)

  • Trickster Cultural Center (civic)

  • Schaumburg and Elk Grove Libraries (civic)

  • Kingdom Impact Theater Ministries (faith-based)

  • Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church (faith-based)

  • The Bridge Youth & Family Services (prevention and early intervention)

  • Staff from U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-8)

  • Gateway Foundation

  • Shelter, Inc.

Click here for a full listing

Prevention-Treatment Client infographic.

Our Executive Committee 

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Sherrine Peyton

Community Collaboration Division Director

Kenneth Young Center


Joe Podlasek (LCO-Ojibwe) 

Trickster Cultural Center

Coalition Co-Chair


Yassi Delgado

High School District 211

Coalition Co-Chair


John Wiley
 Streamwood Behavioral Health System


Data and Strategic Planning Subcommittee Chair


Ray Galarza
Elk Grove High School


Elk Grove High School
Youth Advisory Council Adult Ally


Val Norris
District 214 Specialized Schools

Executive Committee Member


Cynthia Gordon
Schaumburg District 54

Executive Committee Member


Ashley Robertson
Community Consolidated School District 59

Executive Committee Member

Leaders from our Youth Advisory Councils

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Our Subcommittees

•  Data and Strategic Planning Subcommittee
•  Elk Grove Township Subcommittee 
•  Positive Youth Development Subcommittee (Hanover Park)

•  Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Serving Township High School District 211 Community
•  Elk Grove High School Youth Advisory Council  
•  Rainbow Room Youth Advisory Council (LGBTQ+)

For inquiries relating to the CPYD coalition, please contact us at cpyd@kennethyoung.org.