• 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 body.


    Alarming Statistics

    • 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 and education.
    • Provide parent workshops to educate and empower parents how on to identify different drugs and risky behaviors.
    • The ATOD aligns with the Illinois Learning Standards of Physical Development and Health.  


    Lesson Plan

    • Lesson 1: Goal Setting
    • Lesson 2: Decision Making
    • Lesson 3: Identifying and Managing Emotions
    • Lesson 4: Effective Communication
    • Lesson 5: Bonding and Relationships
    • 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.”

    The Statistics

    • 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.
    * Chicago Health 77
    TPPP Goals
    • 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 scenarios
    • Goals and dreams activities
    • Educational videos
    • Peer refusal strategy activities


    The Modules

    • 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