WCHD’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program
seeks to prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections
among teens in Bolingbrook. In an effort to educate and engage the community, TPP
staff have compiled these resources for teens, parents, and community members.
Rights of Youth in Illinois
According to Illinois law, teens ages 12
and older can access sexual health services without parental consent. This
includes testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and
HIV, as well as access to contraceptives (birth control). For more information
on healthcare rights of youth in Illinois, see the flyer below, created by the
Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH).
For more information on ICAH and the
programs they offer, visit their website at
The Will County Health Department has
free condoms available at our North Branch office in Bolingbrook. See the flyer
for location and hours.
Clinic – Will County Community Health Center North
The Will County Community Health Center
is now offering family planning services to teens (ages 12-21) in Bolingbrook!
These services include STI testing and treatment, HIV testing, birth control,
emergency contraceptives, and condoms. The services are confidential and
low-cost for teens. See the flyer for location and hours.
Community health educators have
established links and referrals to a network of organizations listed in this
guide that can provide high-quality, youth-friendly healthcare and support
services. If you are a teen seeking these services, check out the teen resource
involved! Bolingbrook Adolescents for Sexual Health
Bolingbrook Adolescents for Sexual
Health (BASH) is a group of Bolingbrook High School students who are interested
in advocating for healthy decision-making and improving the sexual health of
their peers. BASH teens provide a youth voice in combatting unplanned
pregnancies and STIs among teens in Bolingbrook. For more information, contact
Kaitlyn Cronin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
for Parents and Community Members
Community health educators facilitate
the Making a Difference! (MAD) and Making Proud Choices! (MPC) programs in
Bolingbrook middle schools and high school. Learn more about these
evidence-based curricula below.
Making a Difference! (Middle School
Making Proud Choices! (High School
to Your Teens about Sex
Teens consistently report that parents
influence their decisions about sex the most, more than peers and media.
Research has found that good parent-child communication is linked to teens
avoiding sex, a later age of first sexual activity, increased communication
between partners, and increased condom use among sexually active teens. The CDC
has published the following resources for parents on talking to your teens
involved! Bolingbrook Alliance for Teen Pregnancy Prevention
The mission of the Bolingbrook Alliance for
Teen Pregnancy Prevention (BATPP) is to reduce teen pregnancy rates in
Bolingbrook through community collaboration, education, and positive youth
development. BATPP is comprised of community stakeholders, including service
providers from youth-serving organizations, VVSD staff members, community
health educators, parents, and community members – just like you! If you are
interested in learning more about this group, contact Kathleen Harkins at email@example.com.