Kenneth Young Center is proud to expand its Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections Prevention through a generous $50,000 grant from the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to serve Kane County middle school and high school youth. KYC’s team works directly with youth and families to promote positive, evidence-based education to inform and support youth to make healthy lifestyle choices. Through Youth Advisory Councils based out of each school served, youth learn and work together to create communication campaigns, educational materials, and teen pregnancy prevention activities that foster safe environments for students to learn about HIV, AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections. KYC staff practice a trauma-informed approach to teaching youth in their classrooms about healthy communication and skills to reduce risky behavior, including frequent discussions focused on mutual consent.
Over the coming weeks, KYC will be hiring a Health Educator to focus specifically on working with middle and high schools in Kane County to deliver their youth prevention education curricula and build local contacts for a Community Advisory Group, including key stakeholders’ input from healthcare, law enforcement, local legislators, community leaders, and religious organizations. The comprehensive community approach tackles current trends and concerns related to healthy communities and ties closely to KYC’s drug and alcohol prevention programs supporting youth, veterans, Native Americans, and the LGBTQ+ community.
To learn more about this program or get involved, contact Kenneth Young Center at (847) 285‑4517.
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