Youth Service Programs
Community Health Enhancement is proud to offer a variety of Youth Service Programs to schools and other community groups. For more information about this service, please call 574-647-6628.
The CHE School-Based Health Education, Prevention and Outreach program places educators at intermediate and high school levels where they are able to consistently interact with students. The educators develop long-lasting relationships with the students and relay important class messages, strategies and learning opportunities that nurture good decision-making, healthy living tips and prevention of disease and pregnancy.
However, this education program is not limited to the schools. Through community engagement and relationships, this team of educators stays connected to the shifting, turbulent terrain of adolescence through a variety of classes and programs.
Draw The Line / Respect The Line
This comprehensive, research-evaluated curriculum promotes abstinence by providing students in grades 6, 7 and 8 with the knowledge and skills to prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy. Using a fun and interactive approach, Draw the Line / Respect the Line stresses the importance of postponing sexual activity, discusses social pressure and addresses communication strategies that strengthen refusal and boundary-setting skills.
- Grade 6 - Features limit setting and refusal skills in a non-sexual context.
- Grade 7 - Examines the consequences that accompany unplanned sex and teaches refusal skills in party situations.
- Grade 8 - Implements the practice of refusal skills in dating situations and covers basic information about condoms, including how to use them.
Reducing The Risk
This curriculum, which is designed for high school students, involves an education series that builds upon the foundation that is set in the intermediate schools. Reducing the Risk includes well-defined lessons that emphasize refusal statements, delay statements and alternative actions students can use to abstain or protect themselves. This program engages students to:
- Evaluate the risks and consequences of becoming an adolescent parent, becoming infected with HIV or another STD.
- Recognize that abstaining from sexual activity or using contraception are the only ways to avoid pregnancy, HIV infection and other STDs.
- Conclude that factual information about conception and protection is essential for avoiding teenage pregnancy, HIV infection and other STDs.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills for remaining abstinent and for avoiding unprotected sexual intercourse.
Zumba for Brain and Body Health
Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that has become a modern craze as a way to obtain exercise for your brain and for your body. Zumba has become a part of the services provided in schools, community groups and at local health events. A member of the School- and Community-Based Education and Prevention team hosts Zumba events throughout the community, teaching children 6 years through adulthood how fun and easy it can be to stay at a healthy weight, oxygenate the brain and stay moving for overall health and energy.
The School- and Community-Based Educators host several health fairs, expanding knowledge and awareness of STD symptoms and preventions, pregnancy prevention and cause and effect decision-making. Fairs in 2011 were held with La Casa de Amistad, Martin Luther King Center, Boys and Girls Club and as part of Juneteenth.
Voice is a youth-led movement in Indiana to fight back against the tobacco industry. The Voice teen movement began in spring 2002. Since that time, thousands of teens across Indiana have been exposed to the truth of the manipulative marketing tactics of tobacco companies. The Voice movement has helped Indiana lower its youth-smoking rates to historic lows. The youth of the Voice movement believe that everyone has the right to be tobacco-free.