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Peer Education Program


Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo teens: your peers want to hear from you.

The Peer Education Program needs over 100 people ages 14 to 19 who are interested in educating their friends on safer sex, LGBTQ+ inclusion, and healthy relationships. Do you need community service hours for graduation? Or do you just want to be part of a program that promotes diversity and better health outcomes in your community? Apply now to become a peer educator!

Only accepting applications for residents of the following zip codes:

Northside: 43211, 43224, 43229, and 43219

West Side: 43222, 43223, 43204, and 43228

Near East-South-Southeast Sides: 43203, 43205, 43206, 43207, 43227, and 43232
 

Peer Educators provide sexual health information and resources to their own school and community members to promote healthy choices, behaviors, and relationships.

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.

A virtual resource, the Peer Education Program builds on your natural leadership skills to take messages about sexual health and responsible sexual behaviors to your peers and community.

What sort of tech is needed to participate? 

Ideally, all participants will have an electronic device with internet capability that enables them to access Zoom, Google Docs, and remain connected with the coordinators. If an interested participant has an issue with accessing tech, we may be able to support on a case-by-case basis. 

What is the time requirement? 

Though everyone's experience is a little different and depends upon their own investment, on average, peer educators will spend two to three hours a week either attending a meeting, providing education, or working on special projects.

Can a student earn service hours required for school?

Yes! Many peer educators have been able to use the hours in the program towards service or internship hour requirements. Check with your school's Guidance Counselor to be sure.

Do I have to have transportation?

Nope! Since we are going virtual, there is no requirement to meet in person. If we do decide it is safe enough to meet and there is a desire, we may schedule in-person events but that is to be determined and peer educators will be given a notice well in advance. 

What’s next?

Apply; get a friend to apply too; we will be in touch to schedule an interview in the coming weeks. Limited spots remain, so apply now!

Thank you to our funders!

  • CelebrateOne
  • The Columbus Foundation
  • Landman-Goldman Foundation
  • L Brands Foundation
  • Sandstone Foundation
  • The Siemer Family Foundation
  • The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio