The Education Department operates TEEN L.I.N.K.S. (Leaders Impacting Neighbors with Knowledge on Sexuality), Planned Parenthood's peer education, teen theater, and leadership program. Established in 1979, Teen L.I.N.K.S. is funded by grants from private foundations and other important contributors. Members of this program are specially selected teens from Newark high schools. Through a rigorous training program, the teens acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide accurate information about sexual health to their peers, and to refer them to other sources of help and information in the community.
The teen educators perform scenes about adolescent issues for their peers at schools, religious organizations, residential facilities, recreational centers, and other community agencies. Peer educators are also available to friends and other students on an informal basis throughout the community. Their age and experience give them a unique advantage in being able to relate to the pressures, problems, and possibilities of adolescence, and enable them to make a difference in the lives they touch.
Through participation in the peer education program, young people discover within themselves unique talents, confidence, and poise. They acquire an appreciation for themselves and others, develop public speaking abilities, group facilitation skills, and the ability to work with a team. They become more aware of who they are and who they can become. The program is excellent preparation for future education, personal and professional development and success in life.
The Teen L.I.N.K.S. program is in the city of Newark. Programs are in operation from August through May. For more information call (973) 622-3900 x 1221. Interested teens can complete an application at one of our program sites.