Communityworks Funds Support Township's Marijuana Prevention Program

Contact:  Clarmarie Keenan, Township Supervisor

(708) 383-8005






April 3, 2018



Pictured above L-R:  Aimee Bates, Positive Youth Development Coordinator,
Sheryl Martin, Community Foundation Interim CEO, Gavin Morgan, Oak Park
Township Manager, and Clarmarie Keenan, Oak Park Township Supervisor


Pictured above L-R:  Elizabeth Chadri, Community Foundation Program Director, Aimee Bates,

Positive Youth Development Coordinator, Sheryl Martin, Community Foundation Interim CEO,

Gavin Morgan, Oak Park Township Manager, Clarmarie Keenan, Oak Park Township Supervisor,

and Linda Francis, Success of All Youth Director.


Communityworks Funds Support Township’s Marijuana Prevention Program


The Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation’s Interim CEO, Sheryl Martin, presented a check for $10,000 to Gavin Morgan, Oak Park Township Manager to support the design, implementation and evaluation of a Marijuana Prevention Communication Campaign for Oak Park and River Forest youth ages 12-20 years old.  Ms. Martin commented, “We are very pleased to support the work of the Oak Park River Forest Workgroup for Positive Youth Development through this grant from the Foundation’s Communityworks Fund.” The Communityworks Fund is an endowment managed by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation providing resources for environmental sustainability, community leadership development and the success of all youth. The Oak Park River Forest Positive Youth Development Workgroup (PYD), coordinated through Oak Park Township, includes parents, educators, law enforcement officials and many youth-serving organizations whose focus is on positive youth development.

 “There is a great need for evidence-based marijuana prevention programming for youth living in Oak Park and River Forest. The 12th grade 365-day marijuana use rate (56%) in Oak Park is higher than Cook County’s reported average of 27%”, said Gavin Morgan. “In fact, the Oak and River Forest area rate of use is more than double Cook County’s use rate (2016 Illinois Youth Survey Report, Cook County Non-Chicago).  The Positive Youth Development Workgroup is keenly aware of this current and emerging need for services and possesses the human capital and expertise to achieve intended outcomes, but the coalition is currently only funded for youth alcohol prevention. This grant will allow us to communicate more effectively with young people about the negative effects of marijuana use.”


Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation
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  • All residents with property tax information, advocacy and services, voter registration, public transportation assistance, and community information.

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