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Peer Education Institute

Our mission is to empower teens to make healthy decisions about sexuality and relationships through peer education.

Why Peer Education? 

Why Peer Education? 

We know it works!

Research shows that peer educators make a lasting impact in their communities. When students see a peer presenting about social situations and pressures with confidence and knowledge, they listen. We empower teens who educate their peers. This creates positive change in their communities!

Teen Council is an evidence-informed program. Check out this brief report of our latest evaluation results on the impact of the Teen Council program.

Teen Council programs around the country are making powerful impacts in the lives of the teens they serve and their communities.

Teen Council Members...

  • Use the most effective methods of contraception compared to peers
  • See health providers more often for preventative health care
  • Are more comfortable refusing unwanted intimate activities
  • Are more likely than their peers to have conversations with their parents about sexuality and birth control

Friends of Teen Council Members...

  • Are more likely to use protection because of what they learned from their Teen Council friends
  • Are more likely to seek clear consent in sexual situations because of what they learned from their TC friends
  • Are more comfortable with discussing sex/sexuality because of their Teen Council friends

Recipients of Teen Council Presentations...

  • View Teen Council members as non-judgmental and knowledgeable resources
  • Are likely to go to a Teen Council member with questions about sexual health
  • Learn where to access sexual health services and resources

What do Teen Council members do?

Teen Council programs around the country are making powerful impacts in the lives of the teens they serve and their communities. 

Teen Council members are actively engaged in promoting comprehensive sex ed in their communities. In addition to engaging weekly meetings, members facilitate sex ed lessons and get involved with causes that are important to their lives.  

Education

  • Become trained sex educators
  • Learn about sexual health topics, such as reproductive justice, contraception, and consent
  • Build presentation and leadership skills

Advocacy & Awareness

  • Participate in local and state-wide advocacy work, such as lobbying
  • Promote cause campaigns in their schools and communities (domestic violence awareness, Get Yourself Tested, LGBTQ pride)

Presentation Topics

  • Teen Council members are educators and resources in their communities
  • Common Presentation topics include: STIs/HIV, Contraception, Consent, Relationships, and Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology

Where is Teen Council? 

Teen Councils are sprouting up everywhere! We currently have a number of Teen Council sites all around the country, and we’re always adding more. The Peer Education Institute is excited to support you in starting your own Teen Council program. Partners that sign up for the program receive:

  • A comprehensive guide on how to set up your Teen Council
  • More than 25 training plans for Teen Council meetings
  • Training to become a certified Teen Council facilitator
  • Monthly webinar trainings throughout the year
  • Access to our online portal with downloadable resources
  • Access to fundraising and marketing materials
  • Regular support to set you up for success!