Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resources

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resources

Resources for Teens

Author: Family Health Services Staff 1/Thursday, August 17, 2017/Categories: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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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.

Information for Teens

Healthcare 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 https://www.icah.org/#overview.

Free condoms

The Will County Health Department has free condoms available at our North Branch office in Bolingbrook. See the flyer for location and hours.

Teen 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.

Teen Resource Guide

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 guide below.

WCHD_TPP Resource Guide. 2nd edition FINAL

Get 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 kcronin@willcountyhealth.org.

Information for Parents and Community Members

Curriculum information

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 Curriculum)

Making Proud Choices! (High School Curriculum)

Talking 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 about sex.

Get 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 kharkins@willcountyhealth.org.

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