In 2000, schools in DuPage County began asking a local social services organization if they could provide speakers to talk about the risks of sexual activity and the challenges of being a teen parent. That nonprofit began to provide testimonial speakers along with two days of education about the emotional and physical risks of sexual activity. As the program grew, the curriculum was expanded to be more effective, and was adapted for multiple grade levels. In 2004 it was awarded a large federal grant for abstinence education and grew its staff and the scope of the program. Services expanded to include up to five days of curriculum, and parent workshops.
In 2007, the program received another multi-year federal grant, and at the same time the curriculum became more holistic in addressing teen sexual health and decision-making. Five years after the end of the grant, the founding nonprofit realized that it could not financially continue to offer this in-school sexual health program to the 10,000 students served yearly, and concluded its involvement in the program. The summer of 2015, a new nonprofit took over the program, much to the delight of teachers who had already scheduled their students to receive it the following Fall, but had thought there would be no more program! Teen Decision was the name chosen under the 501c3 that brought it under it’s wings, and since then we have offered successful, factually-accurate curriculum to teachers, employing effective classroom methods, delivered by caring educators. Teen Decision continues to strongly believe that teens can choose a healthier, more successful future when they are accurately-informed, well-equipped and inspired as agents of their own future! Tori Libby, a 20-year veteran teen sexual health educator, now serves as Program Director for Teen Decision, while still leading parent workshops and enjoying classroom time with teens. Her staff of experienced educators serve classrooms in primarily DuPage County but touching a 5-county area, from Elgin, to Oswego, to Hinsdale to, Franklin Park.