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Sexual Health Peer Educators

A partnership program with Pima Community College

Why Sexual Health Peer Educators?
Talking about sexual health can be an uncomfortable subject, but people are eager to get the facts. When we speak to someone who is similar to us, we are more able to get past the discomfort and get to accurate information. Sexual Health Peer Educators are there to talk to their fellow students.  

Position Summary
Planned Parenthood Arizona is looking for six highly dedicated student interested in becoming Sexual Health Peer Educators at Pima Community College. Peer Educators will be trained on topics related to sexual health and Planned Parenthood’s mission and will act as liaisons for the organization by providing information to other students about the low-cost services available at Planned Parenthood Arizona’s Title X health center in Tucson, the Jean Hoffman Health Center. 

Location and Reporting Assignment
Sexual Health Peer Educators will do the majority of their outreach and presentations on the various Pima Community College campuses, focusing on the Downtown Campus, and will communicate regularly with Planned Parenthood Arizona (PPAZ) staff in both Tucson and Phoenix.

Specific Responsibilities
Sexual Health Peer Educators will:
·         Seek out opportunities to present to campus organizations and students on sexual health topics and services provided by PPAZ.
·         Collaborate with other Peer Educators to host monthly outreach events to offer information to students around sexual health and services provided by PPAZ.
·         Serve as a resource for students who have questions about sexual health and PPAZ services. Refer students to the Jean Hoffman Health Center for detailed information and services. Materials will be provided with materials to help direct fellow students to the health center.

Qualifications
Qualifications for a Campus Sex Educator include:
·            Currently enrolled in Pima Community College – full-time or part-time students qualify
·            Comfort speaking in front of groups, particularly on subjects of a sexual nature
·            Sensitivity to cultural, religious and other differences; comfort working in diverse atmospheres
·            Continually looking to increase their knowledge of sexual health and PPAZ services and programs
·            Confident, outgoing, approachable demeanor and ability to successfully communicate
·            Some knowledge of birth control methods, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexuality or are able to commit to learning about these topics
·            Access to reliable transportation and email

Training Requirements
·         Complete online training courses and review materials to build core content knowledge
·         Attend and participate in day-long training  

Time Commitment
·            Two academic semesters: Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
·            We estimate the commitment to be about five to ten hours each week, depending on the amount of commitment a peer educator dedicates to campus outreach each week.

Benefits
·         Participating students will receive a stipend for the school year. A $500 stipend will be provided to a Peer Educator Leader, responsible for leading peer educator efforts and being the main liaison with Planned Parenthood. A $300 stipend will be provided to five participating peer educators.
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Access to PPAZ trainings and an opportunity to increase sexual health knowledge.
·         Professional-level experience in community health education and community engagement strategies and implementation.
·         Ability to make a difference on PCC campuses by helping to inform peers about low-cost birth control, life-saving cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment available at Planned Parenthood Arizona’s Jean Hoffman Health Center.

Why now?
Planned Parenthood Arizona received a grant from the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona to do two things.  First, build greater knowledge among students of Pima Community College (PCC) about the importance of birth control methods and other reproductive health care. Second, increase awareness among students of PCC about the availability and low-cost of these services through the federally funded Title X program at PPAZ’s Jean Hoffman Health Center.

To Apply
Please send your résumé and cover letter to mrosenhaus@ppaz.org with Campus Sex Educator in the subject line. You can read more about PPAZ on our website http://www.ppaz.org/.  If you are interested in beig the Peer Educator Leader, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Applications for students who would like to be given priority consideration must be submitted by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

The deadline for résumés to be considered for the Peer Educator Program during the 2013 – 2014 school year must be received by 3 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013.


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