Planned Parenthood

Mohawk Hudson

Peer Education

Peer education helps young people navigate through some of the most difficult decisions adolescents face. Peer educators are teens who help others. They present programs on sexual health topics to school and community groups.


Why peer education?

Some issues are easier to talk about with someone your own age.

Peer educators are trained by professional educators. They learn the latest information on relevant issues like sexual health, respect, and relationships.

What are the program topics?

Topics include:

 body image  bullying
 self-esteem  homophobia/sex
drugs& alcohol  abstinence & birth control
 peer pressure  HIV/AIDS


What are the benefits of being a peer educator?

  • Develops increased confidence through improved public speaking skills, positive self-expression, goal setting, and team-building.
  • Reduces stress; increases fun. Make great friends.
  • Encourages responsible decision-making.
  • Fulfills community service requirements for high school.
  • Enhances college application; experience demonstrates commitment, skills, community involvement.

Who can join?

Members are 14-19-year-olds who want to learn and help others.

Must make a commitment to a weekly meeting/program, and a weekend retreat.

"Members are carefully and thoughtfully educated on topics. Peer education helps students realize their potential and become leaders; it gives them a voice."     Jackie Avignon, Community Professional

Teens Helping Teens (THT)
Members reside in Schenectady County. Paid work experience. For more information, contact Teresa Casullo at 518.374.5353,ext. 2267 or, or Allison Smith at 518.374.9800, ext. 221 or

What's Up? 
Members reside in the Utica area.  Great first job includes paid outreach. For more information, contact Allison Jackson at 315.724.6146, ext. 253 or

THT and What's Up? are funded by the Community Based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CBAPP) grant through the NYS DOH to help reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Teen View 
Teen View members create skits and interactive role-play activities that explore positive solutions to the challenging decisions teens often struggle with. They offer real-life situations and real-life solutions that are generated with the help of audience participation. Members reside in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. Volunteer experience. 
For more information, contact

Professional advisors, from Planned Parenthood's education department, provide training and guidance during weekly meetings and a yearly weekend retreat. The advisors help the teens create a safe environment where they are challenged to use critical thinking skills to address real life situations.

Check ot our CAPP Peer Group Twitter account: @ImInTheKnow2

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