Youth Activities


Wannabpopular is the question members of the IVADC and the Ottawa community have for our youth.  The Illinois Valley Anti Drug Coalition introduced this campaign which launched in 2007.  This campaign takes information from the Illinois Youth Survey, taken annually by Ottawa area youths, and markets it in a positive manner.

All too often kids get the impression that they must use drugs such as alcohol or marijuana to “fit in” with their peers.  Through the results of the Illinois Youth Survey and with the cooperation of the Ottawa area school system the IVADC was able to produce this campaign.

3 P— Positive Peer Pressure

In April 2005, the youth of the Ottawa area decided to participate in this effort of trying to make Ottawa area safer, healthier and drug free.  Youth at Ottawa Township High School (OTHS) came together and formed a group that is called “3 P.”  The three P’s stand for Positive Peer Pressure.  3P is a youth sector of the IVADC.  All of the meetings are run youth with a few adult advisors that provide technical assistance.

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Shepherd Middle School S.A.D.D.

Shepherd Middle School Students Against Doing Drugs (S.A.D.D.) is a school based student group that focuses on the promotion of anti-drug lifestyles. Student participation is on a voluntary basis. S.A.D.D. works hand in hand with our school community and the City of Ottawa to help promote our community involved messages. S.A.D.D. members take part in regular “Adopt A Hi Way” clean-up efforts in and around Shepherd Middle School. Members also sponsor various charity drives such as our annual drive for supplies for the PADS Shelter, clothing drives for the homeless of our community and various other charitable organizations. S.A.D.D. members sponsor a drug free night, referred to locally as “5th Quarter”, which encourages students to come to the school for a night of drug and violence free.

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The Ottawa Police Department, in conjunction with the Ottawa Elementary school District#141, St Patrick’s School and St. Columba School, provide necessary life based skills to our  5th and 7th grade students.  Each student is provided with valuable skills, knowledge and tools to succeed in life without drugs and violence.

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he G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

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Ottawa Schools Crimestoppers

Shepherd Middle School is proud to offer the Crimestoppers program within our school community.  The program operates much like the Ottawa community version of Crimestoppers in that it offers rewards to tipsters who provide information to the authorities.  At Shepherd students are encouraged to anonymously provide information to school officials, including the School Resource Officer, and if their information proves to be useful they receive a monetary award.  The program is led by a group of 7th and 8th grade students and given guidance by the School Resource Officer and Administration.  Members meet monthly to discuss any tips that might have been received and the board members are responsible for determining the amount of money given to the tipster.  This program gives students a way of keeping their school safe anonymously.

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