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Our Mission

To create a partnership of youth and adults from all walks of life to train and empower teens to educate their peers about the prevention of substance abuse and other addictive behaviors, and to lead by example by accepting individual differences and advocating for healthy decision-making in communities.

What happens at the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute?

The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute is a 5-day youth leadership conference sponsored by the Illinois Alcoholism & Drug Dependence Association. Formerly known as the Illinois Teen Institute, it is an award-winning program that offers opportunities for teens around the state to learn about leadership, healthy choices, and working with others to create better communities.

General Sessions
Discussion Groups
Round Robins
Community Action Team (CAT) Meetings
Teens Reaching for and Achieving Excellence (TRAX)
Free Time

About the Cebrin Goodman Center

Lillian and Larry Goodman created the Cebrin Goodman Center in 2005 in memory of their granddaughter, Cebrin, who lost her battle with drug addiction. The Goodman family wants to spare other families the pain of losing a loved one by educating teens, parents, and communities about substance abuse and other challenges facing teens today. The Cebrin Goodman Center is committed to the goal of helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy, contributing members of society. The Cebrin Goodman Center supports ongoing partnerships with organizations whose expertise, vision, and passion uniquely position them to help young people develop the strengths to resist the formidable lure of drugs.