Research shows that teens get most of their information from other teens and prefer talking to someone of their own age about personal concerns.
Our youth programs use this approach and have been so successful that they’ve won national awards!
The mission of these unique programs is to help reduce teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections and increase healthy relationships, opportunities, and positive outcomes for youth in our community.
Our Peer Education program is made up of high school teens who participate in 40 hours of training in sexual health. After they complete their training, they act as contacts in their schools—giving information on sexual health topics and other teen issues. They also do presentations on abstinence, contraception, and HIV. Teens meet with their coordinator weekly.
Do you want to become a peer educator?
- Get along well with others
- Good communication skills
- Ability to make and keep commitments
- Ability to work independently
- Good leadership skills
- Feel comfortable with public speaking
Peer education groups are currently being offered in 8 areas:
- Ann Arbor
- Battle Creek
- Benton Harbor
- Grand Rapids
- Suttons Bay
If you are interested in becoming a Peer Educator, please email the Peer Education Coordinator.