“One of my best friends was in the health class you talked to at the beginning of the year and since you’ve talked to her class, she has really changed her life. She used to do a lot of things with a lot of different boys and developed a bad reputation…. Now, she has a very respectful boyfriend of about 4 months and hasn’t done anything sexual with him. Thank you for being a part of her change.” – Sophomore
Teen Decision provides the “missing piece” in today’s sex education: teaching teens how to have both physically and emotionally healthy relationships and how delaying sexual activity can actually improve relationship outcomes. Our 3- to 5-day program goes far beyond a simple discussion of “the birds and the bees.” We provide medically accurate information about sexual risks, but don’t stop there. Teen Decision’s classroom educators guide young people to think for themselves by engaging students in lively discussions and activities that help them learn how to have healthy relationships and recognize the physical and emotional benefits of sexual abstinence. Teachers also testify to the value of the program:
“At the end of each semester our students overwhelmingly give very positive feedback about Teen Decision. As an educator for 21 years, I know that having outside speakers reinforce the lessons and concepts I teach has been critical to our students’ understanding. Every student in our school is a part of the lessons taught by Teen Decision and it has impacted our school tremendously.” – High School Health Teacher
Our impact on the 8000 students we reach each year is significant. During a recent 10-year period, when teen pregnancy rates rose in the surrounding counties, they steadily declined in DuPage County, where we reach 40% of teens by the end of high school. Our program is offered free to schools, and is supported by donors who care about teens!