PHE Chicago launched in the summer of 2007 to help address an unmet need for health education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). We started that summer reaching about 650 9th graders with 108 college student volunteers. This year we will reach over 4,000 9th graders in 26 high schools across the city of Chicago. We will do this recruiting, selecting, and training 350 college student volunteers from The University of Chicago, Northwestern, and The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to be a part of our program in the 2015-2016 academic year. Teens in Chicago are required to navigate difficult decisions on a daily basis, many of which threaten their bodies, well-being, and futures. The CDC reported in the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey that, among Chicago teens: one in five is a binge drinker; one in three felt sad or hopeless; one in six experiences violence in a relationship; and one in five is overweight or obese. We also know that of the nearly 50% of high school students who have engaged in sexual intercourse, many of these teens are engaging in risky sexual activities: two in five sexually-active teens did not use a condom the last time they had sex; and one in five teens drank alcohol or used drugs before their last sexual encounter.

2016-2017 Goals

  • Training 220 Volunteers
  • Serving 3,200 Teenagers

Current College Partners

The University of Chicago
Northwestern University

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Current High School Partners

Al Raby School for Community and Environment
Benito Juarez High School
Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA)
Chicago Military Academy
CICS Ralph Ellison High School
Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy High School
Lake View High School
Lincoln Park High School
Lindblom Math and Science Academy
Orr Academy High School

Perspectives High School of Technology
Perspectives IIT Math & Science Academy
Perspectives Leadership Academy (PLA)
Perspectives Rodney D. Joslin
Phoenix Military Academy
Roger C. Sullivan High School
Rickover Naval Academy
Spry Community Links High School
TEAM Englewood Community Academy
UCSN Rogers Park

We would like to thank all of our partners who make our work in Chicago possible, with a very special thanks to some of our largest supporters:

The Bethany Fund
Comer Foundation Fund
Crown Family Philanthropies
Finnegan Family Foundation
The James Tyree Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation
Northern Trust Bank – Charitable Trust
SCE Foundation

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Meet us:
PHE Chicago Team
Chicago Board

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