JOLIET – During the 2016-17 school year, Will County Health Department educators taught the CDC evidence-based pregnancy prevention curricula at Bolingbrook High School, Phoenix Experience Alternative School and Hubert Humphrey Middle School.
Will County Health Department Program Manager Cindy Jackson applied for an Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grant to implement this program in the Valley View School District after the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) approached the health department. Bolingbrook was identified by IDHS for this grant due to the higher rate of teen births and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) among adolescents in Bolingbrook.
The Will County Health Department became one of seven Illinois grantees for the program.
The Valley View District will be expanding this program next year to two other middle schools: Brooks and Jane Addams. In addition, the program’s curriculum will be expanded to Romeoville High School, where it will be taught by district teachers.
This past fall, the Bolingbrook Alliance for Teen Pregnancy Prevention (BATPP) brought the Robert Crown Center for Health Education’s program, “Parenting in a Digital Age: Sex” to the district.