Published October 23, 2008
Robert Crown opens doors in
children in the Fox Valley are struggling with issues of
obesity, negative body image and more.
And as an
area with a high Spanish-speaking population, often
times the language barrier has prevented these kids from
getting the help they need – until now.
of the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, a local
organization that has been teaching health and sex
education to children for 50 years, opened the doors of
a new satellite center in Aurora last week, and the
community is thrilled about the impact it will have.
going to require that the people who work here are
bilingual so that anyone who comes for classes can learn
and understand,” said Catalina Ramos-Hernandez, who will
head the Aurora center. “Having someone here who is
knowledgeable of the needs of the community is a big
location in Aurora will open up the center’s programs to
thousands of more children, and Ramos-Hernandez said the
staff will be able to focus on certain issues that
effect their area more than others.
a big problem with obesity,” she said. “So we’ll be
working with the Kane Country Department of Health to
Ramos-Hernandez said the need for the center in Aurora
was critical. Tight school budgets have cut
transportation funding so schools are unable to bus
children to Hinsdale for classes. Having the center in
Aurora opens up classes to children there as well as
those in Naperville and other surrounding communities.
just a location, it’s a positive force for change,”
Robert Crown Board Chairman Ross Forbes said. “We do a
lot of outreach west, and it made more sense if we were
in the community.”
with negative self-image, obesity and bullying, the
Aurora site will also focus on issues such as limited
life expectancy. With numerous murders in Chicago’s
south and west suburbs in recent months, kids are more
likely to engage in risky behavior since they don’t
expect to live very long.
Mayor Tom Weisner said he’s grateful to have the Robert
Crown organization in his city.
them here will create a healthier, stronger community,”
he said. “It’s a joyous day in Aurora, one to
newest center in Aurora follows the Robert Crown
expansion into Lawndale in 2002. Just as Aurora will
cater to a large bilingual population, The Homan Square
location offers classes specific to the needs of that
community, which struggles with early sexual
experimentation and obesity.
Burke, chief executive officer for Robert Crown, said
work for the center continues to grow because youth are
constantly facing new challenges and pressures.
opening new frontiers and expanding our reach by working
to offer programs in new communities and with new
partners,” she said.
Making a Difference is a yearlong
partnership between The Hinsdalean
and the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, which
to teach and motivate youth to lead healthy, happy and