A new program aims to decrease teen pregnancies in Peoria.
The Hult Center for Healthy Living has been awarded a $5,000 grant to support their Real T.A.L.K. program. ‘TALK’ stands for Real Teens Asking, Learning and Knowing.
“It’s supposed to be an additional component to a lot of the sexual health education that we’re already doing in the community,” said Health Educator Becca Mathis. “But, this program specifically is an opportunity for girls at Peoria High School.”
Mathis says the once-a-week program is open to all girls at Peoria High. The school was selected for ‘Real T.A.L.K.’ due to its extremely high rates of teen pregnancies last year.
‘Real T.A.L.K.’ is being funded by a grant from Community Foundation of Central Illinois Women’s Fund.
The Hult Center’s goal is to help young women make healthier decisions in their overall wellness, but especially in regards to their sexual health.
Mathis says conversations will not be in the classroom, but in the lunchroom during lunch hours at Peoria High starting this week.
“It’s kind of an environment where they may feel more comfortable and can address issues that may be more pertinent to them,” Mathis said.
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