Lillian and Larry Goodman created the Cebrin Goodman Center in 2005 in memory of their granddaughter, Cebrin, who lost her battle with drug addiction.  The Goodman family wants to spare other families the pain of losing a loved one by educating teens, parents, and communities about substance abuse and other challenges facing teens today.  The Cebrin Goodman Center is committed to the goal of helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy, contributing members of society.  The Cebrin Goodman Center supports ongoing partnerships with organizations whose expertise, vision, and passion uniquely position them to help young people develop the strengths to resist the formidable lure of drugs.


The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI) is open to any student that will be entering 7th-12th grade during the upcoming school year.

Participants should be students who:

  • Are proud to be an alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free student.
  • Are motivated to give service to their school and community.
  • Have the desire to develop and utilize their leadership skills.
  • Will reach out to others and value diversity.
  • Want to have fun, meet new people, and have an experience of a lifetime!

Funded in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 


What do we do at CGTI?

CGTI is an experience that is hard to describe in words. Youth will hear nationally (sometimes internationally) known motivational speakers daily and attend four workshops throughout the five days. CGTI leaves plenty of time for fun!  There is Monday night entertainment, Tuesday Night Live (talent show), a celebration dance, and plenty of free-time to swim, bowl, and meet new people. In addition to hearing from speakers, participants will take part in teambuilding activities, discussion groups, and Community Action Teams (CATs), which identify the needs in your own community and develop a plan of action!


Volunteers are vital to the success of CGTI.  Our volunteers include former participants that have completed the Youth Staff program at CGTI, educators, parents, human service professionals, community leaders, college students, etc.  Volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and communities, sharing the common interest of volunteering to make CGTI the best experience for the participants.

We love to keep in touch with our alumni and invite you to fill out the Contact Us Form so we can reconnect with you.  You can also keep up on the latest from CGTI by liking our Facebook page, following us on Twitter and Instagram.