360 Youth Services Receives $36,000 Grant from Naperville Police Department
State Drug Seizure Funds Used to Subsidize Grant
(This is a joint press release of the Naperville Police Department and 360 Youth Services.)
360 Youth Services and the Naperville Police Department have created a unique partnership in which the Naperville-based, nonprofit agency will receive up to $36,000 in drug seizure funds collected by the police department.
The department’s drug seizure funds are generated through successful drug investigations that result in the appropriation of cash or assets deemed to be profits of illegal drug activity. Use of the funds by the department is earmarked for drug enforcement and education.
“This is an innovative partnership that will strengthen our community’s efforts to educate our youth about the dangers of illegal drugs by funding established programs aimed at preventing and ending substance abuse,” said Police Chief Robert Marshall. “This opportunity aligns directly with our department’s mission and values and allows us to provide much-needed funding to an organization that is working toward the common goal of preventing substance abuse.”
According to 360 CEO Harley Jones, the new agreement validates the agency’s role as an important educational resource for young people in the field of prevention education. “We are delighted to team up with the Naperville Police Department. These funds represent an important resource for our agency and the work we perform every day with young people about the dangers of using illegal substances.”
360 Youth Services will use funds to implement the Seven Challenges program in conjunction with the agency’s transitional housing apartments. Seven Challenges is a comprehensive counseling curriculum for youth, addressing drug use and mental health concerns while highlighting the importance of life skills. Each year, 360 Youth Services provides housing for up to 60 homeless youth who reside in three types of apartments dedicated for men, women, and LGBTQ youth.
“360 Youth Services has enjoyed a long relationship with the Naperville Police Department.” according to 360 Youth Services Executive Director Debbie Robertson. “The grant will be able to help our housing staff engage residents who continue to struggle with substance abuse, which is quite common for young people experiencing homelessness.”
Remaining funds from the grant will support 360’s work with the Community Alliance for Prevention, significantly enhancing an evidence-based communication campaign focused on safe prescription medication use and disposal for adults and parents. Robertson adds, “These funds give the Alliance greater reach and effectiveness serving a large geographic area, Naperville and the Far East Region of Aurora. We greatly appreciate Naperville Police Departments’ use of drug seizure funds as a local investment in prevention.”
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.