Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

The purpose of the grant is to have a significant impact on reducing rates of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and existing health disparities and to put youth on the path to a successful future.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Grant Overview

Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Grant Overview

Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP)


Grant Funding and History

In March 2016, the IL Department of Human Services (IDHS) funded the Will County Health Department to coordinate a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program within the Village of Bolingbrook. The grant funding for this program was prioritized for communities with high rates of teenage births and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among African American and Hispanic populations. Bolingbrook was identified by IDHS to have higher than average rates of teen births, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.

Will County Health Department collaborated with the Valley View School District on the grant application and received letters of support for the following schools/grades to participate in the grant’s implementation of the evidence-based curricula:

  • Bolingbrook High School, all students enrolled in health
  • Phoenix Experience, all students 
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Middle School, 8th grade

Since the original grant application, there has been a growing interest among the Valley View School District schools. In year two of the grant (2017-18), WCHD will begin to implement evidence-based curricula at the following schools:

  • Brooks Middle School, 8th grade
  • Jane Addams Middle School, 8th grade

Romeoville schools are also very interested in participating in this program, but were not funded. The Valley View School District will expand the curricula to the Romeoville middle schools and high school in the 2017-2018 school year.

This five-year grant provides our agency with funding for programs, curriculum, training, and community health educators to implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention curricula in the Valley View School District’s Bolingbrook middle schools, high school, and alternative school. This new evidence-based initiative specifically focuses on reducing the rate of teen pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections, as well as risky sexual behaviors among adolescents.

IL Funded Communities for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Grant

Communities with teen birth rates that are above the national average, have a large population of African American and Hispanic students, and have a high rate of sexually transmitted infections were eligible for funding.

The following communities were funded:

  • Cook County: Dolton, Elmwood Park, Wheeling
  • DuPage County: Addison, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park
  • Madison County: Alton
  • Kane County: Aurora, Carpentersville
  • Will County: Bolingbrook
Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Grant Components

Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Grant Components

Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP)


Implementation of Evidence-Based Program in Multiple Settings

To have a lasting impact on reducing rates of teen pregnancy and disparities, youth should receive evidence-based TPP programs at multiple times over the course of their adolescence. Community Health Educators will implement the evidence-based TPP programs to scale with fidelity and quality in at least 3 settings. The settings selected for Bolingbrook include:

  • Middle Schools: Hubert H. Humphrey Middle School, Brooks Middle School, and Jane Addams Middle School
  • High School: Bolingbrook High School
  • Alternative School: Phoenix Experience

CDC Evidence-Based Curricula that have been selected for the program

  • High School Curriculum: Making Proud Choices! which includes 14 40-minutes modules
  • Middle School Curriculum: Making a Difference! which includes 13 40-minute modules

Establish a Community Advisory Group and a Youth Leadership Council

In addition, program staff will mobilize the community by engaging a wide range of community members to create and implement a Community Advisory Board and a Youth Leadership Council.  The purpose of the Community Advisor Group is to function as a leadership team to assist in raising awareness, educating, and building support in the community around the issue of teen pregnancy prevention.  The Advisory Group will work toward a shared vision and plan that pools and leverages local resources to enhance the ability of the Bolingbrook community to address teen pregnancy. The Youth Leadership Board will engage with the community’s youth and lead the community mobilization efforts. The youth will be critical for ensuring that the curriculum and strategies for implementation are relevant and a good fit for the needs of the community. The youth play a vital role in community mobilization, which will lead to a long-lasting impact.

Resource Guide/ Provider Referral Guide Development

Community Health Educators will work to maintain linkages and referrals to a network of organizations that can provide high-quality, youth-friendly health care and support services. Youth-friendly service providers will be included in a community resource and provider referral guide.

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