Want to be on Teen Council? Apply now!
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 assemblies to 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