Male Involvement Project
Program Fact Sheet

Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health
Division of Community Health and Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


The Male Involvement Project targets African-American males living in the community areas of South Shore, Woodlawn, and Englewood on the south side of Chicago. The initiative is implemented through two local community-based projects, one targeting a younger population (ages 14 through 18), and the other focused on older males (ages 18 through 45).


The male involvement project is intended to integrate family planning service and education into programs where young males are already receiving other health, education, and social services. The project involves young men in reproductive health care. The initiative is designed to involve community-based organizations in developing, implementing and testing approaches for delivery of family planning/reproductive health education and services to men.


Services include the following: reproductive health and family planning education; direct access to health services meeting the needs of adolescent males, mentor/role models; weekly clinic sessions at an urban health center that welcomes young black men with or without appointments for health care; discussion groups which promote health awareness; education on healthy living, anger management/conflict resolution; and parenting skills.

Delivery Method

The Project engages men into services assisted by a Community Outreach Manager. The Community Outreach Manager assists the Project Coordinator with initiation and implementation of community outreach activities and with responsibility for day-to-day operation of the drop-in centers and for supervising Senior Peer Advocates working at the drop-in centers.

Program Data

Male Involvement Project Program Data
Performance Indicators SFY04 SFY05 SFY06
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's)* $281,430.00 $281,430.00 $281,430.00
Number Served 3000 3000 3000

Program Effectiveness

Peer Advocates for Health has improved the knowledge and access to reproductive health services among adolescent males at after-school drop-in centers and has established a system of direct referral between the centers and a nearby hospital. Project Brotherhood has provided medical and social services on site at weekly health clinics; physical exams; general health care and illness management; health counseling; HIV counseling and testing; educational sessions on STD/HIV prevention; family planning services for fathers and other health seminars. The approximately 21,000 clients served are a testament to the program's effectiveness.