An entrepreneur in the Chicago area, Ted Gladson previously served as president of Gladson Interactive for more than three decades. In his free time, Ted Gladson contributes to several charitable organizations in the greater Chicago area, including 360 Youth Services.
360 Youth Services provides counseling, mentoring, housing, and substance abuse prevention programming for youth and young adults in DuPage County, Illinois. In fiscal 2016, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy awarded 360 Youth Services a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grant of $125,000 to continue its work through the Community Alliance for Prevention. Founded by 360 Youth Services in 2013, the Community Alliance for Prevention strives to prevent substance use among local youth.
The award is part of a five-year commitment through which the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will provide a total of $625,000 to help the Alliance improve the infrastructure among community partners and implement a sustainable plan to reduce youth substance abuse. Backed by the foundational work of each of its partners, the Alliance conducted a needs assessment and worked on strategic planning and capacity building as part of the competitive process for securing the DFC funding.