S.T.A.R.S. stands for Seriously Talking About Responsible Sex. Hundreds of teens in Albany and Columbia Counties have been involved in the S.T.A.R.S. program since it creation. Each summer, new groups of high school students from Albany are recruited by UHPP staff and trained to act as peer educators for the S.T.A.R.S. program. Not only do these students learn about sexual health and responsibility—they develop a wide range of new skills while having lots of fun!
S.T.A.R.S. peer educators participate in training on a wide range of sexual health topics. In addition to sexual health training, peer educators are also able to: attend college tours, host, parent-youth movie nights, and participate in a wide range of community events. They do interviews with the media and speak to many kinds of audiences. They also learn to work closely with other teens who come from different backgrounds and perspectives.
→To find out how you can become a S.T.A.R.S. peer educator, give us a call in Albany at (518) 434-5678 ext. 138 or in Columbia County at (518) 828-7818. You can also reach us by email. Program applications are available through the UHPP Education Dept. To request an application please contact the Youth Program Facilitator at 434-5678 ext. 139.
Get to know the S.T.A.R.S. program online! Click here to watch the Albany peers' video on the S.T.A.R.S. program, or here to watch the Columbia peers' most recent hilarious "Condom Myth Busters" video. You can also find the Columbia County S.T.A.R.S. on Facebook.
The S.T.A.R.S. program is made possible through a grant from the New York State Department of Health--Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Community Based Initiative. This and other materials are produced with funding from the New York State Dept. of Health, Division of Family Health.
FOR GIRLS ONLY!!!
Teen Choices is a middle school program that meets weekly after school and is just for girls and the issues that they face. It is an interactive, self-esteem based pregnancy prevention program that teaches about responsible decision-making and utilizes UHPP's High School S.T.A.R.S. peer educators as peer-to-peer mentors. Teen Choices girls will have the opportunity to visit local colleges, take a high school tour, attend artistic and cultural events, and more! To find out more about Teen Choices including where and when these programs will meet, contact UHPP Education Dept. at (518) 434-5678 ext. 137 for more information.