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PHE Chicago launched in the summer of 2007 to help address an unmet need for health education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Over the last decade, we’ve grown to provide our trauma-informed, skills-based health curriculum to over 30,000 young people in Chicago while building a culture of preventative health and wellness.

This year we will reach over 3,000 9th graders in 23 high schools across the city of Chicago. We will do this by recruiting, selecting and training 260 college student volunteers from Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, and The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Young Chicagoans navigate difficult decisions on a daily basis, many of which threaten their bodies, well-being, and futures. The CDC reported in the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey that, among Chicago teens:

1 in 5 is a binge drinker
1 in 3 felt consistently sad or hopeless
1 in 6 experiences violence in a relationship
Nearly half of all sexually-active teens did not use a condom the last time they had sex

Young people deserve a stronger base of support, and the knowledge, skills, and access to resources they need to make healthy decisions – regardless of their zip code.

2017 - 2018 Goals

  • 260


  • 3,000

    Young People

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