The goals of the Peer-to-Peer Education program are to increase knowledge and reduce the rate/possibility of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases among teens. The program is designed as an intervention model for youth before they begin engaging in sexual behavior that puts them at risk for STIs and pregnancy.
Key points about the program:
- This 36 hour program promotes sexual responsibility, increases youth’s interpersonal skills, and provides accurate and age-appropriate information about sex, sexual health and risk reduction. The program can be modified to shorter hour request.
- Our focus is on providing comprehensive, factual and medically accurate information on all topics that we present.
- All of our programs stress abstinence as a valid and acceptable way to avoid pregnancy and STIs.
- Youth will learn about education, self-esteem, and respect for others.
- The Peer-to-Peer Educator Program provides youth with the information and skills to achieve healthy and responsible sexual behavior that forms a lifetime pattern for healthy decision-making.
The areas covered in the curriculum are:
- Healthy relationships
- Communication skills
- Anatomy and physiology
- Birth control methods and pregnancy prevention
- Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS
- Personal health and hygiene
- Youth Pregnancy Prevention
- Dating Violence
- Respect for Individual Differences
- Values and Decision Making
- Media Literacy
While the peer-to-peer program typically focuses on youth, it can also be tailored to focus to different age groups and their specific needs, such as adults and children.
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region has been conducting the Peer-to-Peer Education Program since 1995. The Peer-to-Peer Education program has received two national awards: 1997 PePe Award from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the 1998 Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership Merit award and one local award; the 2000 FOCUS St. Louis "What's Right with the Region" award.
For more information, please contact:
Department of Education & Diversity
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region