School Programs

School Programs

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In today's fast-paced world, children face a whole new set of choices, challenges and threats. Our science-based programs emphasize prevention by teaching kids what they need to know to make good choices and develop healthy habits for a lifetime. We infuse interactive educational experiences that meet community needs, state learning objectives and national health priorities.



There's no better way to engage the community than by bringing the community together. Our special events, presentations and camps are geared to reinforce our mission...while we have some fun doing it! We have a little something for everyone...mothers looking for the ideal lunch date with their daughters, camps for the science nut or a presentation to provide tips on how to talk to your kids about some of the uncomfortable subjects.

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This year, we'll reach an incredible milestone: 6 million students! 

We've seen a lot of changes in the lives of young people over the past 40 years. With technology being integral in the learning process and the abundance of both good and bad information out in the world, it's more important than ever to make sure that we give our kids the facts about sexuality and drugs! Keeping current is crucial and we need your support.

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Today--as young people are faced with many pressures we didn’t encounter in our own adolescence--the work we do is more challenging and important than ever before. In order to more deeply impact the children we educate, we ask for your financial support. The donation you make to RCC health education contributes to enhanced curriculum, innovative delivery models, and opportunities for disadvantaged students all over Chicagoland to make better-informed choices.

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Perhaps this Life Begins student photographed in the late 80s is about to bravely ask a question! #RCC6Million #RCCLookingBack ... See MoreSee Less

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An educator teaching Life Begins circa 1980. This great program is still teaching where babies come from to more than 20,000 students each year. #RCC6Million #RCCLookingBack ... See MoreSee Less

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Educator Jim Abbott demonstrates the pulmonary capacity of healthy lungs in a Science Behind Drugs class in the 1980's. #RCC6Million #RCCLookingBack ... See MoreSee Less

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