Sunday, July 22 – Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

To learn more about CGTI's annual conference click here.

2018 CGTI Details and Registration InformationThis link will provide you with information about who should attend, what to expect, location, registration fees, transportation, meals, staffing, lodging/dorms, and more. 

Frequently Asked Questions


High School/Middle School/PALS/Youth Staff Participant Applicaton 

Registration Fee: $359 May 1 - May 31 // $389 June 1 - June 30
Any student entering 7th-12th grade for the 2018-2019 (next) school year is eligible to apply. 

Advanced Leaders Registration Options:

  • PALS (Peers with Advanced Leadership Skills) program is for any participant who will be entering 11th or 12th grade for the 2018-2019 school year and has attended a minimum of one year. This program is designed to expand leadership skills and to introduce facilitation and group planning.
  • Youth Staff (Registration Fee: $250) is for anyone who is entering 12th grade and has completed the PALS program or any 2018 high school graduate (even if you didn't complete PALS) is eligible to apply. Youth Staff must attend the mandatory staff training two days prior to the start of CGTI, arriving Friday, July 20. Youth Staff is a staff in training program. Youth Staff will attend nightly meetings, be paired with staff to co-facilitate discussion groups, and will attend CAT meetings.

    Mentor Application

    • Must be 18 year or older and be actively working with the youth attending CGTI. The role of the adult mentor is to assist in their Community Action Team (CAT) with the action planning process and to assist with the completion of the action plan upon leaving CGTI. 

  • Staff Applications
    • We are no longer accepting Staff applications for CGTI. The deadline was Friday, March 23.
    • Staff Training for Youth Staff, Volunteer Staff and Leadership Team will be held Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22.

If you are in need of financial assistance to attend this year's CGTI, please contact 217.528.7335 ext. 12 or email Be sure to include the participant's name, school, grade for next school year, have they ever attended before and reason for request.

Career & College Fair
Exhibitor and Advertising Information

The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI) offers you the opportunity to showcase your organization, products, services and programs to youth and adult mentors who are seeking opportunities to be catalysts for change in their school and community. We had over 500 participants register in 2017 which represented 37 different counties, 25 Community Action Teams (CATs), and 79 schools across Illinois. You have a chance to showcase your organization, business, college/university, or product while at the same time, you will be supporting the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute!

We will be holding a College and Career Fair as part of our exhibitor hall this year! This group of energetic young people is an ideal audience to draw young professionals into the behavioral health field and to connect with different schools, businesses, and organizations. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals have partnered with the Illinois Department of Human Services-Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) and Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH)/CGTI to bring this fair to hundreds of teens from across the state.

How can YOU get involved?

  • Exhibit at our College and Career Fair/Exhibit Hall from 2:00-4:00pm on Monday, July 23!
  • Advertise your organization, business, college/university, or product in our manual – see form.

Any further questions will be directed to Ashley Webb, Director of Strategic Initiatives, at or call 217.528.7335 ext.12.