For over 26 years, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association has been awarding scholarships for youth to attend the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI). CGTI is a 5-day youth leadership conference sponsored by the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA). It is an award-winning program that offers opportunities for teenagers around the state to learn about leadership, healthy choices and working with others to create better communities.
Throughout the week, participating teenagers will hear from renowned speakers from across the country, participate in discussion groups, and enjoy many activities that promote healthy lifestyles. The participants meet with their Community Action Team, which is a group of students from his or her geographical area that assesses the needs of the community and develops plans to address issues. The teens will learn to develop skills to advocate for positive change, make a difference in their community, communicate more effectively, and prevent drug and alcohol abuse.
Thanks to the generosity of our Association members, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association has sponsored thousands of young people throughout the state to expand their leadership skills.