Our peer-educator training programs give young people the tools they need to prevent pregnancy, HIV and sexually-transmitted infections and the skills they need to teach other young people how to protect themselves.
S.O.S. Peer Educator Training
S.O.S. (Safe or Sorry) Peer Educator Training empowers teens though a series of 10 lively workshops on abstinence, safer sex, HIV and pregnancy prevention. Adult volunteers can train with teens and offer continuing support and supervision for the peer educators.
Planned Parenthood's Health Educators offer S.O.S. training programs in Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. There are no fees for the programs. Planned Parenthood provides all snacks, training materials and supplies.
KEY for Ages 11 - 13
KEY (Knowledge Empowers You) educates 11 to 13 year olds (boys and girls meet separately) about the changes they experience during puberty - such as romantic feelings, periods, wet dreams and acne, KEY empowers pre-teens to talk to their peers about puberty.
PEERS Program for Teens
PEERS (People Everywhere Encouraging Responsible Sexuality) is a series of four one-hour sessions that provide teens with an opportunity for dialogue and exploration of topics that are often difficult to discuss. Through PEERS, teens will obtain accurate information and skills to promote HIV and pregnancy prevention.
LGBTQ . . . and Friends
At Planned Parenthood, where diversity and inclusion are priorities, our Circles of safety and support program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer youth makes a real difference in the lives of many young people.
We believe that the self-determined pursuit of sexual health is important for everyone's well-being and quality of life.
Circles encompasses a number of programs and services that help to create safer environments for LGBTQ people.
- Support groups for high school students in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Counties.
- Social events for young people. Students help plan events such as LGBTQ proms, pride dances, New Year's and Valentine's dances, conferences, trips to Provincetown and visits with college LGBTQ groups.
- Advocacy training for LGBTQ teens and lobbying trips to Albany to meet with government representatives.
- Training and technical assistance for health and human service providers and school districts in our region.
Contact Us for More Info
For more information about any of these programs, call Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley's Education Department.
(845) 838-1200, x103