The Illinois Teen Pregnancy Prevention Tier 1 Phase 1 grant project provides direct services to youth in middle schools, high schools, and community-based settings through the replication of evidence-based curriculums to achieve optimal health for adolescents, reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and increase healthy relationships. The evidence-based curriculum Love Notes will be used in high schools and Promoting Health Among Teens - Comprehensive (PHAT-C) will be used in middle schools. IDHS selected and established partnerships with three well-established community-based organizations with experience in teen pregnancy prevention programming. The project aims to reach 2,000 youth annually.
Youth will be recruited from select schools in three Illinois Counties: Lake, Winnebago, and St. Clair. The target Population is 13-19 year old students with high pregnancy and STI rates and underserved populations, including Hispanic and African American youth. The Tier 1 Phase 1 program services include 1) delivery of at least one evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention curricula, 2) update and distribution of a referral guide, 3)work with a multi-sector Community Coalition, and 4) assessment of implementation sites for Trauma Informed Approach, Positive Youth Development Approach, and inclusivity for LGBTQ youth.
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