Every two years, the Illinois Department of Human Services conducts the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS). It is administered by schools for 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade students.
The results of the 2014 IYS show that most Roosevelt 6th and 8th grade students report that they avoid high-risk behaviors such as drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or using other drugs. In addition, it showed a noteworthy reduction in the number of Roosevelt students who reported using "any substance, including alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants or marijuana" since the 2012 IYS was administered.
At the same time, students indicated high rates of parent and other adult caring and support, as well as feeling connected to and meaningfully involved in their school. Research shows that these are strong protective factors that contribute to youth drug use prevention.