Student Health & Success


Every week, sudden cardiac death claims the lives of 60 young adults in the US. Sadly, three such deaths had occurred in IPSD 204 high schools. Beginning in 2009, IPSD 204 brought the Young Hearts for Life® (YH4L) program to all district high schools. Every other year, IPEF assists the YH4L program in offering free cardiac screening to all high school students, so that students can be screened twice during their four years of high school.

Over 39,000 free heart screens have been provided to IPSD 204 students. The result: 408 students have been advised by board-certified cardiologists to seek further review with their personal care physician and, each year, at least one principal has received a letter stating how this program was responsible for saving a student’s life.

Providing electrocardiograms (ECGs) to 6000 students is a significant undertaking, requiring equipment, a staff of cardiac and healthcare specialists, and over 500 community volunteers. Because IPEF assists with the costs of these screening events, we seek both funding partners for our Foundation and site volunteers for upcoming screening years. Our next screening will be in the 2024-25 school year.

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Premier Partner

Edward-Elmhurst Health has been an invaluable partner, funding a substantial portion of YH4L screening programs in all of the district’s high schools since 2011.

Partner With IPEF!

Thank you to International Paper for helping us to fund the 2023 heart screenings at our three high schools!

IPEF is proud to assist with the costs associated with these life-saving heart screening events. Please partner with us in this important endeavor and help IPEF by making a donation to our foundation today!

YH4L at Waubonsie Valley - 2023

YH4L Saved My Life

YH4L at Metea Valley – 2019

Kid Essentials Fund

In partnership with Indian Prairie School District 204, the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation (IPEF) established the Kid Essentials Fund in the Fall of 2018 to support the immediate needs of homeless and low-income students.

Prior to the fund being established, the school district had encountered countless stories of students in need not having basic necessities. Many of these students have challenging situations because their physical and/or emotional needs aren’t being met, which impedes their academic success. The fund is utilized when there is no other resource available for support. Oftentimes, relatively minimal financial assistance is needed to support the student(s) or their family.

The 2022-2023 school year marks the sixth year this fund has been available to support our students. Over the last five years we have received grant funding, community support, and private donations to provide ongoing support for our most vulnerable student population. The fund typically supports food, toiletries, clothing, and transportation for families who otherwise would not have support in these areas.

Requests for funds are received through social workers, principals, and the district’s homeless liaison. A multi-tiered approval process is in place to ensure that needs are being met appropriately, efficiently, and in a timely manner.

The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation and District 204 are grateful for all contributions to the Kid Essentials Fund. It has been an incredible resource for our students and families when they have nowhere else to turn. Please help us help our most vulnerable students.

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Focused social/emotional and mental health support is crucial for a growing number of IPSD 204 students. In a post-pandemic world, many of our students are experiencing significant stress and continue to struggle both academically and socially.

IPSD 204 and Naperville-based 360 Youth Services together developed the Back on Track program to help this at-risk population. Used at the high school and middle school levels, it has proven highly successful in helping students identify and counteract self-defeating attitudes and behaviors. It gives them a ‘tool kit’ for dealing successfully with their situations, their peers and the purpose of school.

Back on Track provides individualized assessment and counseling to students at school, eliminating obstacles of availability, cost, and transportation. Students are referred into the Back on Track program by teachers and social workers, and counseling is provided by 360 Youth Services case managers.

This approach has proven very effective in improving mental health, and reducing absences/truancy and out-of-school suspensions. It is literally turning young lives around. IPEF is committed to supporting Back on Track, but we need funding partners to meet that commitment.


IPSD 204’s Valley Runway program began in 2016 as an IPEF Teacher Grant to promote the confidence and self-esteem of financially challenged high school women by making it possible for them to attend their school’s formal social events.

The Valley Runway team collects and stores gently used formal dresses and purchases hard-to-fit sizes at a discount. It also purchases shoes, purses, and accessories to complete the ensemble, and also arranges for men’s tuxedo rentals at a discount. The team schedules fittings prior to the formal dances and volunteers go the extra mile to make sure each student looks fabulous for their big night.

We might take Homecoming and Prom for granted, but they are financially out-of-reach for too many students. Thanks to the generosity of Valley Runway sponsors, over 100 low-income students a year can now be included, and confident, alongside their classmates at these memorable functions.

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Valley Runway – 2017