School programs are provided to Tazewell County school-aged children. Programs are provided during the school day, after school at a school building or because youth attend a high school in Tazewell County.
Looking Good, Feeling Good is a maturation program designed to fit the needs of children in grades 4 or 5. Our one lesson program focuses on hygiene and maturation. To accompany the maturation lesson we use the video “Just Around the Corner.” Students are given a packet of information and have the opportunity to ask questions. Boys and girls will be separated during these classes, and will be taught by same-sex instructors (if available) from the health department. For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Kerri Viets at 309-929-0302.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM
Funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Substance Abuse Prevention Program is offered to select junior high schools in Tazewell County. This course utilizes a life skills curriculum designed to influence positive decision making, effective social and communication skills, and teaches assertiveness to successfully resist peer pressure. This course also focuses on prescription opioid misuse and the heroin epidemic. Contact Erica Husser at 309-929-0253 or Haley McClain at 309-929-0323.
SUPPORTING SCHOOL SUCCESS (S3)
S3 is a program provided in collaboration with the Heart of Illinois United Way and East Peoria School District Number 86. The main goal of S3 is to ensure a student's success in school. The S3 program provides students with physical, social/emotional and behavioral services focusing on prevention, intervention and case management. S3 also connects students and their families to community resources. The program is offered 3 days per week, both after school and in the summer. TCHD's S3 program serves Kindergarten - 5th grade students enrolled in Don D. Shute and Lincoln Elementary School in East Peoria. Contact Katelynne Hansen at 309-613-4534.
TAZEWELL COUNTY YOUTH BOARD (TCYB)
The Tazewell County Youth Board, founded in 1991, is comprised of students from all seven Tazewell County high schools. These students sign a Code of Conduct stating they will remain drug and alcohol free in their public and private lives. The Board is involved in numerous activities throughout the year including community service and leadership training. They plan and host an annual conference each spring – the Tazewell County Teens Unlimited Teen Conference. For more information, contact Kerri Viets - 309-929-0302
The Tazewell County Teens Unlimited Teen Conference is held annually in the spring. The Conference is hosted in two sessions – one for high school students and one for junior high students. The Tazewell County Youth Board plans the Conference and facilitates many of the workshops. Both Conferences have a keynote speaker, workshop sessions, and a meal included. All Tazewell County schools are invited. For more information, contact Kerri Viets - 309-929-0302