Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description


The Male Projects target young, low income, minority males living in the Chicago area, and Lake, St. Clair, and Madison Counties. The initiative is implemented through two community-based projects; Peer Advocates for Health targeting teens ages 14 through 18; and Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, focusing on teen males and migrant workers.

Eligibility Criteria 



The Male Project is intended to integrate family planning services and education into programs in which young men are already receiving other health, education and social services. The project engages men in reproductive health care, and 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: reproductive health and family planning education; direct access to health services meeting the needs of adolescent males; mentor/role models; weekly clinic sessions at health centers that welcome young black and minority men with or without appointments for health care; discussion groups which promote health awareness; and education on healthy living, anger management/conflict resolution and parenting skills.

Delivery Method

Peer Advocates for Health provides reproductive health information to young men utilizing Trained Peer Advocates from ten different high schools, talk one-on-one with their peers and provide information through group presentations, workshops, health fairs, "Let's Talk About It" sessions for middle school students, a Drop-In Center for students located in gang-neutral territory, basketball breakout sessions and boxing practice at local Park District Field Houses.

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation offers services to teen males, migrant workers, and males within juvenile detention and correctional centers. They provide education and counseling on risky sexual behavior, STD prevention, condom usage, pregnancy prevention, and birth control options. Outreach is provided to various community settings in St. Clair and Madison Counties, such as barber shops, parks, car washes, and community basketball courts.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $281.5 $333.2 $372.2
Number of Grantees N/A N/A 3
Number Served N/A 1,725 *1,383 males; 521 females

*Unduplicated Count

Program Accomplishments

  • Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation implemented the SIHF Medical Mobile Unit, which is a van that travels throughout the community, making it easier to provide services to males in homeless shelters and to young males who would otherwise not formally seek assistance in reproductive health issues. This gives an opportunity for clients to engage in conversation with the Health Educator about real-life health situations and health issues, and to receive free condoms, as well.
  • Options for Youth, Peer Advocate program presented several "Let's Talk About It" community presentations to middle and high school students and their parents.