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Ten high school students graduated from Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic’s (PPHP) Teen Information and Peer Services program on Monday, December 16 at Riverside High School in Yonkers. PPHP’s Teen Information and Peer Services (TIPS) program educates teen volunteers about sexual and reproductive health so they can in turn educate their peers. The students, or TIPSters, complete 14 hours of training on topic including minor’s rights, puberty, gender identity, sexual orientation, contraception, STI and safer sex, consent, healthy relationships, youth activism, and community outreach.

“This marks the first year our TIPS program has taken place in Westchester County after providing this program for more than 20 years in Rockland County,” said Vincent Russell, President & CEO of PPHP. “We are excited to engage more teens and educate them to be reliable resources for their peers.”

After graduation, the TIPSters meet twice a month for the remainder of the school year with PPHP Education staff for continued learning opportunities and support on topics including reproductive justice, racial equity, college preparation, self-care, and career development. The TIPSters also will co-facilitate education programs with PPHP community health educators, participate in community events and outreach opportunities, and engage local elected officials on issues important to them.

PPHP would like to thank the Lorraine O’Brien Foundation for their generous support with the TIPS Westchester program.