Dr. Janet Hardy invited me to work with her on planning an intervention [adolescent pregnancy prevention] in a couple of the schools nearby... We put together a program in Dunbar and Lombard Schools -- Lombard Junior High and Dunbar Senior High -- and it was a program in which we had a social worker -- a counselor/educator -- in each school all morning, and the same person that afternoon in a small clinic we ran, a street front clinic right across the street from one of the schools and a few blocks from the other and it was one of the few really successful programs in adolescent pregnancy prevention....
The schools and two other schools we used as controls allowed us to do very extensive questionnaires. We were able to demonstrate a 38% reduction within a 3 year period which seemed very good until we compared it with the other two schools that did not have the program and they had had an increase of 58%. These schools ended up 90 points apart even though they started out with very similar rates and it gave us to understand much more about what was needed to help young people avoid behaviors that would alter their lives... I still get requests all the time from all over the country, with questions about that program which we called 'The Self Center: Make a Life for Yourself Before You Make Another Life.'