Planned Parenthood

West and Northern Michigan

Peer Education ... A Little Help from Your Friends

Peer Education is a comprehensive 40-hour training program for young people ages 14-18. The curriculum is interactive and thought provoking, covering such topics as self-esteem, relationships, substance misuse, sexuality, sexual orientation, anatomy, violence prevention, diversity, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and communication. The program gives teens the tools to make responsible choices and share accurate information with family and friends.

Peer Ed uses a balanced and comprehensive approach that presents all the facts and encourages critical thinking. Young people learn to define and verbalize their own values and gain the ability to set their own boundaries within relationships. As one peer educator put it on a feedback survey, "Peer Education opened up my eyes to the pressures I face and the facts I can get to stay safe and healthy."

To apply

This program is available in Kent County. Interested students must complete and submit an application to be considered for the program.

There are several ways to apply: You can download an editable pdf application, fill it out electronically, and e-mail it to

Or, you can print the application and fill it out with ink. Then, mail it to the address at the top of the form, or scan or photograph the form and e-mail to

You may also call (616) 774-7005 to request that an application be mailed to you. Or, stop in to our Administrative Headquarters at 425 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, to fill out an application.

Call (616) 774-7005 or e-mail for program availability or more information.

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Peer Education ... A Little Help from Your Friends