The Connection between Drugs and Violence

This meeting will focus on the complex relationship between drugs and violence, at the individual and systems levels. A panel discussion and action-oriented breakout groups will examine the variety of ways these issues are connected.


Join SCY and partners across Chicago to explore the role you and your organization can play in addressing these related issues, discuss asset-based solutions, and promote the health and healing of all Chicagoans.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Registration begins at 1:00 Pm, training starts promptly at 9:30 am

Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
11th floor Conference Center
Please check-in at 2nd floor registration table near concierge desk


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Additional Information

Parking is available at 321 E. Erie (entrances on E. Erie and E. Ontario) or at 222 E. Huron (entrances on E. Superior and E. Huron). Discounted parking vouchers will be provided reducing rate to $11 for up to 7 hours (see Streeterville Campus Map).

Light refreshments will also be provided.

Illinois Health and Human Services Transformation

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This meeting focused on Illinois’ Health and Human Services (HHS) Transformation initiative. This effort began in early 2015 to increase collaboration across government agencies to better meet the complex human services needs. Action-oriented small group discussions focused on children and youth, families, mental health, juvenile justice, and communities followed panel discussion on progress of this initiative and its implications for violence prevention.

  • Lisa J. Betz, LCSW, LCPC, Deputy Director, Child and Adolescent Services, Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health
  • Heidi E. Mueller, JD, Director, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Heather O’Donnell, JD, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Thresholds

Link to panelists' full bios.

Meeting Overview
Additional Resources



Holding Systems Accountable for Violence Prevention

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The policies of public and private institutions and systems can have profound effects on violence—sometimes contributing to safer and healthier communities and other times exacerbating the problem. To reduce both the interpersonal and structural violence harming Chicago, we must encourage sound decisions by these institutions and systems and hold them accountable for implementing those decisions. During this quarterly meeting, SCY and partners discussed how Chicago's violence prevention stakeholders can work together to ensure sustained commitment to effective violence prevention strategies.

  • Berto Aguayo, Community Activist, Organizer, and Advocate, Mikva Challenge
  • Ashley Boyd, Community Organizer, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)
  • Sarah Johnson, Youth Organizer, Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE)
  • Mark Walsh, Campaign Director, Illinois Council to Prevent Handgun Violence
  • Amy Zimmerman, Supervising Attorney, Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children

Link to panelists' full bios.

Meeting Overview
Additional Resources


Applying an Anti-racism and Anti-oppression Lens to Violence Prevention

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This meeting focused on structural violence and how intersectional, anti-oppression strategies can be applied to SCY’s areas of focus: youth development, mental health services, gun violence prevention, justice system reform, and community investment. Action-oriented small group discussions on these topic areas followed a panel discussion on racism and oppression.

  • Kofi Ademola, Activist and Community Organizer, Black Lives Matter Chicago
  • Jennifer Arwade, Co-Executive Director, Communities United
  • Bonsai Bermudez, Executive and Artistic Director, Youth Empowerment Performance Project
  • Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD, Psychologist, Center for Childhood Resilience
  • Candice Jones, Senior Advisor to Arne Duncan, Emerson Collective
  • Mecole Jordan, Coordinator, Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability

Link to panelists' full bios.

Meeting Overview


Community Café: Bringing the Reports to Life 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Co-host: Cook County Justice For Children

This quarterly meeting was co-hosted and facilitated by Cook County Justice for Children and focused on findings from two 2015 reports: 1) Enhanced Transparency in the Cook County Juvenile Court: A Pathway to Reform and 2) What can the Cook County Juvenile Court do to improve its ability to help our youth? A Juvenile Justice Needs Assessment. The discussion began with an overview of the reports and recommendations, followed by group discussions using the World Café method of group dialogue.

  • Juliana Stratton, Esq., Cook County Justice for Children
  • Era Laudermilk, Illinois Justice Project
  • Molly McCoy, Cook County Justice for Children
  • LaCreshia Birts, YMCA's Youth Safety Violence Prevention Program
  • Sarah Yousuf, Enlace

Link to panelists' full bios.

Additional Resources