Peer Education is a comprehensive 40-hour training program for young people ages 14 to 18. The curriculum is interactive and thought provoking, covering such topics as self-esteem, relationships, substance misuse, sexuality, sexual orientation, anatomy, violence prevention, diversity, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and communication. The program gives teens the tools to make responsible choices and share accurate information with family and friends.
Peer Education uses a balanced and comprehensive approach that presents all the facts and encourages critical thinking. Young people learn to define and verbalize their own values and gain the ability to set their own boundaries within relationships. As one peer educator put it on a feedback survey, "Peer Education opened up my eyes to the pressures I face and the facts I can get to stay safe and healthy."
After they complete their training, Peer Educators participate either as informal contacts in their schools—giving information and referrals—or conduct formal presentations on abstinence, contraception, and HIV. Teens meet with their coordinator weekly.
The Peer Education program is offered in 8 areas:
- Ann Arbor
- Battle Creek
- Benton Harbor
- Grand Rapids
- Suttons Bay