Research found that a lack of comprehensive sexual education in schools creates an increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases and unintended teenage pregnancy. The lack of access to sexual health resources not only raises the likelihood of young teenage parents to discontinue high school, but also multiplies the chances of abuse and neglect, and the possibilities of entering into the welfare system. The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) is an advocate for the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) in Illinois, which implements comprehensive sexual health education curricula in school-based settings. Certified health education specialists facilitated ICAH’s skills-based training program that recruited educators and youth service providers from 29 school districts in Illinois. Selected for the trainings were counties that have statistically higher teenage birth rates and STDs. Results from a 3-to-6-month follow-up evaluation of the PREP curriculum-training revealed an estimated 95 percent of participants realize that professional development in PREP curricula is crucial to the overall goal in teaching youth the skills needed to develop healthy relationships, and to prevent unintended pregnancy and the acquisition of STDs/HIV. When developing recommendations for school board policy changes, studies point to the success of PREP as medically accurate, age-appropriate, and evidence-based curricula. Amid significant societal and financial costs of the lack of comprehensive sexual education, any progress in reducing these social concerns will not only sponsor the state and national economies, but will also develop the social, emotional, and physical wellbeing for current and subsequent generations of America.
"Dear Adler Community,
The posters presented today by our CSP students represented their reflections on their community work. The posters included themes about socially responsible practice, the connection between individual and community well-being, the systemic forces that marginalize whole communities, and the actions we can take to improve our society. Over 30 community partners joined faculty and staff to help students celebrate the completion of the Community Service Practicum.
It was difficult to do, but we did identify students whose posters excelled. These students will be awarded subsidies to a professional conference in the following amounts:
1st Place Winner: $500
2nd Place Winner: $400
3rd Place Winner: $300
Because we have so many students, this year we doubled the number of students who could win.
Our first place winners are Kulkiran Nakai and XX.
Our second place winners are XX and XX.
Our third place winners are XX and XX.
Many thanks to our judges, whose decisions were made so difficult by the excellent quality of students’ posters.
Nancy J. Bothne
Director of Community Engagement
Associate Director of Community Engagement"