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Peer Education Program

Young people in Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo receive extensive training on health, sexuality, advocacy, presentation techniques, and answering difficult questions - strengthening their leadership skills. Once training is complete, the participants will provide presentations to students in their schools on reproductive health and sexuality issues.

Peer Educators reach members in their communities and schools who are at risk for experiencing an unintended pregnancy or contracting STIs.

Peer Educators will strengthen their peers' skills in building healthy relationships, refusing and delaying intercourse, making responsible decisions, and planning for adulthood, and will be empowered to advocate for changes in government and school policy to encourage reproductive rights and comprehensive sexuality education.

Benefits of the Peer Education Program
  • Peer education is a rare opportunity for young people to develop and sustain leadership and facilitation skills that will serve them well in both the short-term and the long-term.
  • Peer educators model positive youth behavior, affecting social norms, as well as model constructive relationships between adults and young people, qualities which are all too rare in our society.
  • In some situations, such as discussing sex or the nuances of teen culture, peers can achieve a level of comfort and trust that is difficult for adults to match.
  • Research also suggests that programs for youth which are developed through a partnership of youth and adults may be highly effective in building young people's skills and reducing their sexual risk-taking behaviors.  For example, studies show that adolescents who believe their peers are using condoms are twice as likely to use condoms compared to teens who believe their peers do not use condoms.
  • Peer educators have the opportunity to get involved with local government by advocating directly to state and federal legislators and community members.
The Focus of Peer Education
  • Program implementation and the responsibilities of becoming a peer educator. 
  • The importance of behavior change in reducing risky behaviors.
  • The fundamentals of making responsible decisions; Refusal, delaying, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Self-esteem, good health, and responsible choices education.
  • STIs and HIV prevention. 
  • The basic principles of anatomy and pregnancy.
  • Methods of birth control.
How do I join the program?

Are you age 14 to 19 AND interested in educating your friends about safer sex and reducing teen pregnancies? Do you need community service hours for graduation? Join the Peer Education Program!

Click here to apply.*

*Some city application deadlines have already passed.

Thank you to The Women's Fund of Central Ohio!

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio (PPGOH) was selected as one of three recipients of a multi-year grant. This pilot grant program will last for three years, and seeks to build the capacity of our community and create even deeper impact with partner organizations. Specifically, this grant will support our Peer Education Program.