FYI Peer Education Program

FYI (For Your Information)

FYI began in 2008 with a group of high school students dedicated to providing their peers with accurate sexual health information.  The purpose of the program is to train Knoxville-area teens to become peer educators who will in turn help other teens avoid unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by making healthy decisions. 

The teens are required to attend 40 hours of training/skills building, complete 100 informal educational contacts with their peers and complete a community service project.

The FYI teens accomplish the goals of the program by responding accurately to questions from their peers about family communication, decision making, human sexuality, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, birth control, community resources and more.  They encourage their peers to engage in healthy behaviors that avoid teen pregnancy and STIs.

FYI is supported through private donations.

For more information on FYI, please email Tory, our External Affairs Coordinator, at or call 865-694-7155, ext. 2. 

Why Peer Education?

Research indicates that teens receive most of their information from other teens, but unfortunately much of this information is inaccurate and can contribute to inadequate health care and risky behaviors.  Due to the high rates of STIs and teenage pregnancies in the United States, peer education programs are necessary to help America’s youth obtain accurate sexual health knowledge and engage in fewer risk behaviors.  Studies have shown that people are more likely to hear and personalize messages, and thus to change their attitudes and behaviors, if they believe the messenger is similar to them and faces the same concerns and pressures.[1, 2]

1.        Sloane BC, Zimmer CG. The power of peer health education. Journal of American College Health 1993; 41:241-245.
2.        Milburn K. A critical review of peer education with young people with special reference to sexual health. Health Education Research 1995; 10:407-420.

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