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Communities For Positive Youth Development

The Communities for Positive Youth Development will be hosting an open house for new and current members at our Q-Center Location on 650 E. Algonquin Road Suite 104 Schaumburg, IL 60173 from 10am-12pm. This event will be in-person and will be an opportunity to connect with new and current members before starting off the school year. We hope to see new faces and begin to grow our coalition! The Communities for Positive Youth Development (CPYD) 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 Elk Grove Township Subcommittee

The goal of this subcommittee is to gain a sense of community and collaboration among different sectors of this service area and allow these sector representatives to participate in the organization and planning of programming to influence positive youth development within the community. We continue to help provide mental health and prevention resources to community members for the betterment of the community. If interested in finding out more about the coalition contact Mario Nunez at

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Please join us at 650 E Algonquin Road, Schaumburg to access any of the following groups and resources! We would love to have you!

Rainbow Room YAC

By queers, for queers! By teens, for teens! The Rainbow Room Youth Advocates for Change is a year-round group dedicated to LGBTQ+ advocacy, leadership, and community organizing. The Rainbow Room YAC is open to LGBTQ+-identified and LGBTQ+-allied high school students in the Northwest suburbs. The Rainbow Room YAC meets twice monthly. We would love to welcome you! To be a part of the Rainbow Room YAC, email


Community Night (13-17)

Community Night centers LGBTQ+ teens in the Northwest suburbs. As a queer teen, you can expect your interests and opinions to be welcomed, as all of our Community Nights center the needs of our attending community members! Each session is an opportunity to learn, have fun, and build community with those around you in a safe space. Community Night is held biweekly on Thursday evenings. For more information, please email


The Q Closet aims to provide a shopping experience that is accessible, affirming, and accommodating for all LGBTQ+ people! All items in the Q Closet are free of charge to LGBTQ+ visitors as well as organized by queer folks with queer folks in mind. The Q Closet shopping experience is limited to two visitors at a time to accommodate space and privacy needs. Q Center staff will rearrange the shopping experience for any visitor who requires accessibility accommodations as well as provide a private space to change/try on clothing at all times. All donations are vetted by LGBTQ+ Q Center staff.

Problem Gam­bling and Gam­bling Addic­tions

Prob­lem gam­bling is any gam­bling behav­ior that dis­rupts a person’s day-to-day life. If a per­son is pre­oc­cu­pied with gam­bling, gam­bling despite know­ing seri­ous con­se­quences, spend­ing an inap­pro­pri­ate amount of time and mon­ey on gam­bling, these may be signs of a gam­bling prob­lem. Although both titles are often used inter­change­ably, addic­tion spe­cial­ists define the main dif­fer­ence between a gam­bling addic­tion and a gam­bling prob­lem so that a per­son with a gam­bling addic­tion may need addi­tion­al sup­port such as an inter­ven­tion to reduce their impul­sive behaviors. Like many addic­tive behav­iors, gam­bling prob­lems often pair with oth­er men­tal health issues such as depres­sion, anx­i­ety, bipo­lar dis­or­der and sub­stance use. Gam­bling prob­lems can affect peo­ple from many dif­fer­ent back­grounds. Peo­ple of all ages, socioe­co­nom­ic back­grounds, and gen­ders can fall vic­tim to a gam­bling addic­tion. In addi­tion to the finan­cial con­se­quences, peo­ple deal­ing with a gam­bling addic­tion can lose their job, suf­fer rela­tion­ship prob­lems and even expe­ri­ence homelessness. Treat­ment geared towards addic­tive behav­iors has become more acces­si­ble in recent years. 

Kenneth Young Center (KYC) pro­vides free screen­ings to help iden­ti­fy prob­lem gam­bling and can pro­vide con­nec­tions to per­son­al­ized sup­ports that address the spe­cif­ic con­cerns an indi­vid­ual is expe­ri­enc­ing. To be con­nect­ed with this free ser­vice, call our team at 847−524−8800. We also offer both non-clin­i­cal and clin­i­cal sup­ports for peo­ple fac­ing a myr­i­ad of addic­tive behav­iors or sub­stance use con­cerns.

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Our Youth Resource Guide

makes it easy to find local resources for youth and teens

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SMART Recovery at KYC

SMART Recovery program

offers specific tools &

techniques for:

  • Building & Maintaining Motivation

  • Coping with Urges

  • Managing Thoughts, Feelings & Behaviors

  • Living a Balanced Life.

People using the SMART Program:

  • Move away from addictions and toward satisfying lives.

  • Learn tools and techniques for self-directed change

  • Benefit from improved tools as scientific knowledge of addiction recovery evolves.


Kenneth Young Center's Recovery Support Services staff are certified facilitators of the SMART Recovery program and believe in trauma-informed and peer-led group facilitation as the most effective way to engage teens in discussions about substance use and other harmful behaviors.

Click here to learn more about SMART Recovery meetings

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Funding is provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services-Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS-SUPR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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