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Candor Health Education

Empowering Young People to Make Informed Decisions

aka Robert Crown Center   |   HINSDALE, IL   |  https://candorhealthed.org/

Mission

To positively impact the physical, social and emotional health of youth through innovative education programs in partnership with parents, schools and communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

Candor Health Education (previously known as Robert Crown Center for Health Education) is a nonprofit organization that educates young people, their trusted adults, and communities on the topics of drug and sex education. We have been teaching health topics to Chicagoland youth for over 45 years. Our new blended delivery model incorporates online learning opportunities to complement our 90 minute in-person programs at schools. We offer fully virtual and in-person programs to allow schools to select what works best. We monitor program fidelity and educator performance and evaluate student learning outcomes. Our curriculum incorporates social and emotional learning and addresses pertinent issues at each age and stage of early adolescence including consent, sexual harassment and online safety . We strive to reach more underserved youth and look for individual and corporate donations to ensure that all kids receive high quality prevention education regardless of their zip code.

Ruling year info

1967

Executive Director

Barb Thayer

Main address

15 Spinning Hill Rd Suite 410

HINSDALE, IL 60521 USA

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Formerly known as

Hinsdale Health Museum

EIN

36-2608742

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Candor Health Education educates young people (10-14 years old), their trusted adults and communities on the topics of sex education and substance abuse prevention. We provide science-based information in a safe, engaging environment so students gain age-appropriate knowledge which prepares them to make informed decisions that positively impact their health.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sexuality Education

Our sexuality education programs provide age-appropriate, science-based facts covering puberty, reproduction, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection prevention as well as healthy relationships and consent. Candor Health Education's continuum of programs target 4th - 8th graders and follow both state and national standards for sex education and social, emotional learning. Most schools elect to use our Puberty I program in 5th grade and we also offer Puberty II as a follow-up course, and Human Reproduction and Embryology for 6th graders and Teen Sexual Health I and II for students in 7th and 8th grade. We use a blended learning model and collect learning outcomes with pre-and post-assessments online as well as student and teacher feedback surveys. We provide parent education online and in live virtual format to help families get more comfortable discussing sensitive topics with their children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

Using interactive, proven methods and visual tools, our multi-part curriculum is a continuum that teaches youth in 4th - 8th grade how their bodies are impacted by drugs as well as drug facts and effective refusal skills. Our approach is to increase knowledge and impact attitudes so youth are aware of societal norms, peer pressure and how substances like alcohol and vape pens are marketed to target youth. Educators demonstrate the neurological cause and effects of drugs on the developing brain, how addiction evolves over time and use character-based stories, role playing, and interactive games and discussions so young people learn, reflect, and discuss pertinent issues.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Sexuality Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

all student totals are for an academic year spanning July 1 - June 30 2022 relates to the academic year ending on June 30, 2022

Number of students receiving information on HIV/AIDS and STDs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Sexuality Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Teen Sexual Health programs are taught to 7th-8th graders

Number of students receiving information on tobacco use and addiction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Substance Abuse Prevention Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID pandemic affected students served as disruption to school schedule reduced in-school program delivery

Number of students receiving information on alcohol and other drug use

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Substance Abuse Prevention Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Students who received our drug prevention programming in 4th - 10th grade

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to increase access to high quality sexuality and substance abuse prevention education for young people. We aim to deliver high quality sexuality and drug prevention programming that meets youth, school and family expectations. Our main learning objectives are to increase knowledge and improve attitudes regarding sex education and drug prevention topics among youth and their parents.

-To increase knowledge and change attitudes regarding the risks of using alcohol, nicotine (vaping), marijuana, prescription drugs and other drugs.

-To increase knowledge of anatomy, reproductive health, understanding of healthy relationships and the consequences of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections as well as online safety

-To increase adult knowledge of risk and protective factors and help them to practice effective strategies that will support youth.

Candor Health Education is a non-profit that educates young people aged 10-14, parents/guardians and communities on the topics of drug and sex education. We provide science-based information in a safe, engaging environment so students gain age-appropriate knowledge and are empowered to make informed decisions about their health. As health education experts, we partner with public and private schools to bring accurate and up-to-date health education programs that compliment existing health and social and emotional learning curricula. We support schools with student learning data and provide supplemental teaching resources and parent links so they can keep the conversation going.

We have free online educational materials to increase access to high quality resources for schools and communities. We have partnered with graphic designers to create engaging videos to help adults and young people learn and discuss emerging topics like sexting, explicit content and social media use: https://candorhealthed.org/sex-and-technology-portal/

We also have a substance abuse prevention education portal with engaging videos, 8-pixel video game, and interactive graphic novels covering commonly used drugs like marijuana, alcohol, prescription pills.
https://candorhealthed.org/substance-abuse-prevention-portal/

We are the largest provider of school-based health education in Chicagoland delivering programs to over 85,000 students at 673 schools during the 2022-23 school year. We have thirteen professional health educators from diverse backgrounds and all undergo a rigorous training and monitoring regimen to guarantee that they deliver our curriculum with high fidelity and are able to answer a wide range of student questions. We constantly update our scenario based story-telling and drug facts, etc. to ensure that we are relevant and meet state and national sexuality education, social emotional learning and prevention education standards and best practices. We measure outcomes with pre- and post-tests and adjust based on teacher and student feedback surveys.

Founded as Robert Crown Center for Health Education in 1974, we have educated more than six million Chicago area youth to date. We recently updated our substance abuse prevention programs and are nearly complete with an overhaul of our sexuality education continuum so we can better serve the needs of youth and families with a learning management system and more interactive and effective story-based curriculum.

In 2020 we rebranded the organization as Candor Health Education. At this time we closed our Center and pivoted to provide blended learning and traveling to schools rather than have students bussed in to our location. During the COVID pandemic we ramped up fully virtual programming and we have maintained that option as we expand our reach beyond northern Illinois. We are currently working to reach more students with our full continuum of programs spanning 4th - 8th grade so they receive reinforced learning and skill building opportunities.

We are serving schools in Illinois, Indiana, New York and Wisconsin. We can partner with more schools to reach any English speaking youth audience now that we have proven our curriculum results are the same whether delivered in-person, or fully online.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Candor Health Education

Board of directors
as of 08/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brad Smith

Neal & Leroy, LLC

Term: 2021 - 2023

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/11/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.