News and stuff about Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

SpeakUP! To Host Listening Sessions To Prevent Underage Drinking

Submitted by The SpeakUP! Prevention Coalition

LAKE FOREST, IL – The SpeakUP! Prevention Coalition, a Lake Forest based Community Anti-Drug Coalition and a recipient of a Federal Drug Free Communities grant, will begin the year by facilitating listening sessions with members of our community. These listening sessions are intended to help the coalition learn about the perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes that adults observe among peers in the community. During the listening sessions, participants will be asked questions about the role adults play in underage drinking in our community. The interviewers will not ask for names or any identifying information about any member of the community, and therefore, all responses will remain completely anonymous.

Each of the individuals performing the interviews has professional experience in interviewing and maintaining confidentiality.

A few of the questions that may be asked are listed below.

  • In our community, underage drinking increases significantly from 8th – 10th grade. What beliefs or attitudes do you observe in our community that might influence this trend?
  • In our community, youth report one common way they obtain alcohol is by taking it from their home or the home of another adult. Based on what you have observed, why can youth in our community easily obtain alcohol from a home without adult knowledge?
  • What is the justification or rationale you have heard about adults who willingly provide alcohol to youth?
  • What attitudes, beliefs, and/or behaviors have you observed among adults in our community that might influence youth to use alcohol?

Participants will not be required to answer all questions.

The coalition is seeking participation from Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood residents. Interviews will take place from Tuesday, January 21 to Friday, February 1. Exact dates and available times slots are listed on the SpeakUP! website at: Each session will be scheduled for 30 minutes, and will be held at 762 N. Western Ave, Lake Forest. The offices are located below The Lantern at Dakota Insurance Group. For further information, please contact Khris Condon at

For more information, visit,, or call (847) 295-9075.


  1. Thank you, Peg. The police are only enforcing the laws which the community adopts. Minors have been subject to greater rgulation than adults for centuries because minors need that protection. I know that, having been a parent of teenagers for 14 years, they are going through both physical and emotional changes. I appreciated having the curfew laws there to back me up when I said “no”.

  2. Neither the voter nor his/her elected representatives have any right to use gun-toting goons in bulletproof vests as weapons of unprovoked violence, to intimidate Mr. and Mrs. Twenty into living a healthy, alcohol-free lifestyle. The drinking age is a hate crime, committed by people who know the alternative would be to impose tougher DWI laws on the hypocrites themselves.

    In a free country, the citizen would freely decide what to drink: water, wine or turpentine. parents would govern their child who still lives in their house. The punishment for crimes would be meted out to the person who committed the crimes and not to somebody else for being the same age.

    • Peg Determan says:

      I very much object to our police being referred to as gun toting goons in bullet proof vests as weapons of unprovoked violence. I hope that this remark is the tongue in cheek remark of an almost legal college student.

      Young people are frequently impulsive in their decisions and as a result, frequently regulated in their conduct in ways that people who have reached maturity are not. This hardly means that the age of 21 is some sort of transformation that makes living easy and mistake free. Your view, applied to all conduct, promotes chaos not responsibility. Would we hand the car keys over to our 6 year old and say be careful? We also know that alcohol consumed by young people, particularly when consumed in considerable volume and with frequency, damages the brain and increases the risk of alcoholism. These are damages borne not just by the individual making that poor choice but by society. Society has an obligation to make these decisions.

Speak Your Mind

Connect with Facebook


* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *