Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Prevention
What We Do
Funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, ASPIRA's Alcohol, Tobacco and Other
Drugs prevention program teaches 10 to 14-year-old students how to live a
healthy and drug free life through a curriculum called: “Too Good for Drugs.” The curriculum is separated
into two units: Lessons 1-5 establish and develop five social and emotional
skills; Lessons 6-10 introduce information about drugs and their effects on the
- Nearly a third of youth between 12
and 17 in the U.S. have used
illicit drugs in their lifetime.
- More teens die from prescription
drugs than heroin/cocaine combined.
- By the 8th grade, 28 percent of
adolescents have consumed alcohol, 15 percent have smoked cigarettes, and
16.5 percent have used marijuana.
How can we help?
- Empower young teens through leadership
- Provide parent workshops to educate
and empower parents how on to identify different drugs and risky
- The ATOD aligns with the Illinois
Learning Standards of Physical Development and Health.
- Lesson 1: Goal
Lesson 2: Decision
Lesson 3: Identifying
and Managing Emotions
Lesson 4: Effective
Lesson 5: Bonding and
Lesson 6: Alcohol
Lesson 7: Tobacco
Lesson 8: Marijuana
- Lesson 9: Inhalants and Street Drugs
- Lesson 10: Course Review
Schools served through the ATOD Program are:
Sabin Dual Language Magnet School
Chopin Elementary School
If your school/organization is interested in participating in this program, please reach out to us at 773-252-0970 for more information.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
What We Do
Funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health, ASPIRA's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) provides
services to adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18. The goal of this program
is to build youth’s knowledge and resistance skills, thereby enhancing
“protective factors” and reducing “risk factors.”
- Chicago teen pregnancy rate was
57 percent higher than the U.S. rate.
- Older teens (ages 18 to 19) have
higher birth rates compared with younger teens (ages 15 to 17). The 2008 birth
rate among 18 to 19-year-olds is 2.8 times the rate among 15 to 17-year-olds
(87.8 vs. 38.8 per 1,000 teens). From 2000 to 2008, live birth rates declined
29 percent among 15 to 17-year-olds and 24 percent among 18- to 19-year-olds.
- In Chicago the live birth rates
among Black and Hispanic/Latino teens ages 15–19 years are 6.9 and 6.1 times
higher than among whites. More than 95 percent of Chicago’s teen births
occurred among Black and Hispanic/Latina females.
- Nearly one-fifth of U.S. teen
births were repeat births. Of the more than 400,000 births to females ages 15
to 19 in 2007, 88,059 (19.8 percent) were teen females who already had given
birth at least once.
- Repeated childbearing during
adolescence reduces the likelihood that teen mothers will graduate high school,
increases public costs associated with child welfare, increases criminal
justice system involvement, and increases the likelihood of long-term poverty.
- Serve at least 150
adolescents between the age of 11 and18 .
- Promote healthy
choices regarding sex.
- Provide a minimum of
three workshops for parents.
TPPP uses an evidence-based sexual education
curriculum called “Making Proud Choices!”, which is divided into eight modules.
The TPPP also holds workshops for parents to help them talk to their children
about safe sex. The TPPP program, aside from the curriculum,
will also cover topics such as teen dating, substance abuse, self esteem,
healthy relationships, bullying, cyber sex, LTBGQ community and family planning
referrals, including emergency contraception.
- Role play
- Goals and dreams
- Educational videos
- Peer refusal strategy
- Getting to Know You and Steps to Making Your Dreams Come True
- The Consequences of Sex: Pregnancy
- The Consequences of Sex: STD
- The Consequences of Sex: HIV infection
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Strategies for Preventing HIV/AIDS and Condom Use
- Developing Condom Use and Negotiation Skills
- Enhancing Refusal and Negotiation Skills
School served through the TTPP program:
Haugan Middle School
If your school/organization is interested in participating in this program, please reach out to us at 773-252-0970