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The Prevention Partnership, Inc., grew from an interagency collaboration involving two Chicago agencies—The Learning Network, Inc., and Right Way Youth Center—and an agency in St. Paul/Minneapolis—Person Education Development Education. In 1984, the directors of these agencies formed The Partners in Prevention program. Later, in June 1987, the partners incorporated as a 501(c)(3) minority-governed community-based prevention and health promotion agency.

The Prevention Partnership operates under the leadership of its President and Chief Executive Officer, a seven-member Board of Directors, and a 15 to 20-member Board of Advisors. The agency has six full-time employees and uses the services of over thirty independent contractors. Some of the agency’s programs have been funded by sources such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA); the Illinois Department of Human Services and Public Health; City of Chicago Department of Youth and Family Services; City of Chicago Department of Public Health; Chicago Public Schools; and the Community Economic Development Association (Head Start), The Chicago Foundation for Women; Polk Brothers Foundation; and the St. Paul Chapter of UNICO National.

The Prevention Partnership bases its work on the conviction that community-based teams in possession of planning, communication and decision-making skills are the most effective agents for solving community problems. Using an environmental systems approach, the agency facilitates a process that enables a community to integrate its cultural, political, spiritual, and philosophical beliefs and values into a vehicle for positive change. Our main target population is the youth of communities, but we know that the most effective way to advance youths' development is to also work with their parents, other family members, and their communities at large. The positive growth we see in the young people we work with is evidence to us that our approach and practices are sound and effective, and our external evaluation data also supports this observation.

Even though Chicago’s Westside is where our corporate office is located, we’ve also conducted programs and delivered services in other states—Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, California, and Nebraska. One reason we’re able to do this is that our training models are flexible enough to be easily adapted to work in other settings.

 

Our Board of Directors

Luther Syas, Chairperson; William Johnson, MD., Vice Chairperson; Rose Gordon, Secretary; Guido Girolami, CPA, Treasurer; Bishop Simon Gordon; Albert Orsello (Agency President and CEO); Dennis Radek; John Becker (ex-officio officer); Congressman Danny K. Davis, Emeritus; and VC League (deceased), Chairperson Emeritus.

 

Our Staff

Albert Orsello, President and Chief Executive Officer
Daryl Edwards, Vice President and Director of Information Technology
Novella Bates, Vice President
Adedoyin Ogunsanya, Associate Director
Adam Bates, Associate Director
Algeretha Alexander, Manager

 

Our Board of Advisors

This board is comprised of individuals who support The Prevention Partnership by lending their expertise to the agency in its programming and planning activities. In their various professions and disciplines, these board members usually handle management and administrative type responsibilities. Many are in the Chicago area; however, others reside in states other than Illinois—Minnesota, California, Michigan, New Jersey, and Indiana.

Jennifer Artis
Shellie Coleman
Rev. Matthew Creighton
Caryn Curry
Eric Edwards
Janice Gray
Ivette Gonzalez
Flora M. Krasnovsky, Ph.D.
Evelyn LaRue
Virginia A. Lathan
Paul N. Lekousis
Linda Cobb McClain, Ph.D.
Steve Miller, Ph.D.
George Obermeier
Cynthia Oda
Peter Palanca
Rosario Pesce, Ph.D.
Joseph Stazzone
Robert Thompson
Larry Williams

 

5934 W. Lake Street ~ Chicago, Illinois 60644-1833
Phone (773) 378-4195 ~ Fax (773) 378-8190
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