Planned Parenthood

Great Northwest

For Alaska Teens

Teen Councils

Teen Council, the Planned Parenthood peer education program, utilizes the passion and skills of more than 150 young people each school year to disseminate sexuality information and empower youth to make smart choices about sex. Teen Council members are trained by our education staff at weekly meetings where they learn about sexual health and how to deliver accurate, appropriate and engaging educational presentations within their community. Many Teen Councils also use interactive theatre to teach and problem-solve with their peers.

What do Teen Council members do?

  • Learn the importance of accurate information and how to answer any question peers may ask.
  • Learn how to dialogue with people with opinions different from theirs, and about a wide range of issues related to sexuality
  • Give presentations and assembliesto their peers
  • Assist in facilitating family programs
  • Represent Planned Parenthood at community events
  • Write a column for teen page in newspaper (Olympia)
  • Take part in AIDS Walks
  • Participate in Teen Lobby Day in collaboration with our Public Affairs department, where they receive training about current issues and effective advocacy, then visit their legislators.
  • Have fun!

What do Teen Council Members teach?

  • Pregnancy Prevention
  • STI Prevention
  • Sexual Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sexual Decision Making
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Teen Dating Violence

Would you like to be a sexuality resource for other teens? Applicants must be:

  • Entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade
  • Able to attend an annual mandatory overnight retreat
  • Interested in providing accurate sexual health information to peers
  • Able to commit to weekly meetings and occasionally miss school for presentations (about one day per month)
  • Responsible for budgeting their time and keeping up with their academic work

Teen Council Application

Teen Council applicants are recruited in the Spring of each year. For more information about programs in your area, contact the Planned Parenthood Education Department by email. Please include your name, full address, phone number and the school you attend. Or apply on line by completing the application for your county.

Youth in the Know

Youth in the Know (YITK) invites teens 13-18 years of age to participate in a FREE 6-week group education session.

Graduates of YITK are certified peer mentors and leaders; trained to provide information and assist their friends and peers through life's challenges. Educational sessions address sexual health and responsibility and include:

Teen/parent relationships
Values, influences and peer pressure
Gender roles and stereotypes
Anatomy and physiology
Body image and the media
Communication and decision-making
Relationship safety and recognizing abuse
Birth Control
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and other challenges teens face

Through YITK, teens can work together to have their voices heard and become advocates for change! Why Join?

Gain skills to talk with peers about issues important to you.
Looks GREAT on your college application.
Free food and fun!
Great way to meet people and make friends.

For more information & meeting locations, please call 907-770-9702.

YITK is a community partnership with Leadership Anchorage and Alaska educators from Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. The six-week training is offered in Anchorage.

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