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Peer Education Information

Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI)

Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) delivers vital reproductive health care (like pregnancy testing, birth control, STD testing and treatment), sexuality education, and information to thousands of people across the state of Michigan. Our mission is to promote healthy communities and the right of all individuals to manage their sexual health by providing health care and education and serving as a strong advocate for reproductive justice.

Planned Parenthood is a respected leader in educating Americans about reproductive and sexual health. We deliver comprehensive sex education that empowers people of all genders and ages to make informed choices and lead healthy lives. Planned Parenthood is proud to provide young people with honest sexuality and relationship information. Thousands of youths and adults participate in PPMI’s educational programs every year.  One way Planned Parenthood of Michigan offers education is in partnership with the young people in our Peer Education Program.

Summary of Peer Educator role at PPMI

A PPMI Peer Educator is responsible for serving as a confidential, non-judgmental resource for peers on sexuality and reproductive health, providing accurate information and referrals; serving as a sexual health information resource to youth in their communities through one-on-one interactions, presentations in schools and in the community, and other PPMI events as assigned.

Essential Functions

  • Peer educators will attend a mandatory, interactive, informative, and fun 40-hour training. Training topics cover different issues teens face such as: Abstinence, Healthy Relationships, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, sexual decision-making, Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV/AIDS, Contraception, Teen Pregnancy, and much more.

  • Attend weekly meetings to discuss future presentations and projects and conduct continuing education.

  • Serve as a confidential, non-judgmental resource for peers on sexuality and reproductive health, providing accurate information and referrals.

  • Encourage teens to talk to their parents or other trusted adults about sexual health and healthy relationships whenever possible.

  • Support peers in navigating local social service agencies to help them access needed care.

  • Conduct community outreach to youth, potential patients and community members through advocacy activities such as youth-led workshops, attending community meetings, tabling at health fairs, etc. to increase community awareness of PPMI services and social justice topics.

  • Provide reproductive and sexual health education programs to community groups, parents and professionals as assigned.

  • Deliver presentations on sexuality and reproductive health in various settings.

  • Promote STI testing and treatment resources in the community.

  • Promote unintended pregnancy prevention resources in the community.

Qualifications

  • At least 14 years old during the program year.

  • Grades 9th through 12th during the program year.

  • Minimum of a one-year commitment.

  • Must be able to attend peer educator trainings, weekly meetings, presentations, outreach opportunities, special events, etc. 

  • Demonstrate healthy decision-making skills and behaviors while serving as a positive role model for their peers

  • Ability to respect value systems different from one’s own. Students must be comfortable meeting new people and working with other students from surrounding schools.

  • Willingness to provide accurate, non-judgmental, and confidential information and referrals at all times. Ability to support Planned Parenthood’s mission.

  • Time management is very important. Peer Educators are expected to make their program participant tasks and duties a priority.

  • Students must come with an open-mind and eagerness to learn about healthy sexual decision-making.

  • Peer Educators are responsible to communicate with their coordinator about reliable transportation to and from training, weekly meetings, events, workshops, and presentations.

  • Students must feel comfortable being approached by other members of the community once they are known as Planned Parenthood Peer Educators. The expectation is that Peer Educators be an advocate for healthy sexuality within their communities.

  • Parent/Guardian permission to participate in the program unless the individual is over the age of 18.

Benefits of being a Peer Educator

  • Gain public speaking, empathy, and listening skills

  • Meet like-minded young people who are also interested in social change

  • Support peers and community 

  • Potential opportunities to travel for national and state wide events

  • Gain development and skills in the following areas: leadership, public speaking, time management, life skills, active listening, and supportive communication.

  • Thorough training in topics related to human sexuality and teen health

  • Experience providing youth-friendly peer support and health education

  • Network with city, county, state, and national organizations and potential future employers


Washtenaw County Program 

The Washtenaw County program meets on Wednesdays from 4–7p.m. in Ypsilanti. Our program year runs from late August to early June.

Program participants present about contraceptive methods and safer sex and LGBTQ+ identities at area schools and community organizations. Peer Educators also assist with tabling at community events and put community events for their peers.

Training will take place in October. 

Peer Educators will have the opportunity to train to become INclued facilitators in January 2022. IN•clued is an LGBTQ+ centered sex ed workshop that PPMI offers that is co-facilitated by peer educators.

Program Coordinator: Tory.  Email: [email protected]


Grand Rapids Program 

The Grand Rapids program meets weekly for 2 hours (days and times decided on by the group). Our program year runs late summer/early fall to early June.

Program participants present sexuality education at area schools and community organizations. Peer Educators also assist with tabling at community events and put community events for their peers.

Training will take place in the fall.

Peer Educators will have the opportunity to train to become Making Proud Choices co-facilitators. Making Proud Choices is a 10-session comprehensive sex ed curriculum that PPMI offers to youth ages 12–19 in the Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and Wyoming areas.

Program Coordinators: Alex and Ellie.  Email: [email protected]


Muskegon Program 

The Muskegon program meets weekly for 2 hours (days and times decided on by the group). Our program year runs late summer/early fall to early June.

Program participants present sexuality education at area schools and community organizations. Peer Educators also assist with tabling at community events and put community events for their peers.

Training will take place in the fall.

Peer Educators will have the opportunity to train to become Making Proud Choices facilitators. Making Proud Choices is a 10-session comprehensive sex ed curriculum that PPMI offers to youth ages 12–19 to in schools and community-based organizations in Muskegon.

Program Coordinator: Melissa.  Email: [email protected]


Kalamazoo Program

Details coming soon! For more information, please contact Becky at [email protected]


Wayne/Oakland/Macomb Program

Details coming soon! For more information, please contact Natalie at [email protected]