The 2015-2016 PG-13 Players
The PG-13 Players are teens from across Middle Tennessee who are passionate about sexual health, advocacy, and theater! Each year they receive training that equips them with skills to be peer educators. They then put these skills to work by creating an original skit that addresses issues facing teens today. Through their interactive performances, teen issues are not just talked about—they are brought to life!
“It’s just changed my life. It’s made me more open and understanding and has helped me understand people and their different situations. It’s impacted my life greatly.”- Sonae', PG-13 Player 2013-2015
“It’s so much fun! I get to act, I get to hang out with my friends, and I get to teach about sex. This is the best thing to ever happen to me.”- Chelslyn, PG-13 Player 2015-2016
The program begins with a performance of the PG-13 Players’ original skit. Each character faces different situations rooted in the realities of teenage life. Unlike a typical theatrical performance, this skit ends without a resolution. That’s because the characters need the audience’s help to decide what to do next! By exploring the motivations, feelings, and choices of the characters, the audience helps the characters make responsible decisions while beginning to build the skills needed to deal with real life situations. The goal of the PG-13 Players is to not give out easy answers, but to explore options and increase sensitivity in dealing with real-life situations.
“The PG-13 Players are a passageway. We bring sex education in a way that kids can make sense of and relate to honestly.” Kaniesha, PG-13 Player 2014- 2016
Each year the PG-13 Players address several issues they see impacting the lives of their peers with the hope of creating healthier, safer communities. These topics can be tough to talk about, but the PG-13 Players believe all teens deserve the knowledge and resources to make the best decisions they can. Past topics have included: healthy relationships, bullying, sexual decision making, LGBTQ issues, and more!
The PG-13 Players can come to your school, place of worship, community center, or agency. To schedule a performance, contact the Youth Development Coordinator at 615.345.0952. A fee of $200 is requested for a performance; however, special rates may be negotiated.
Open auditions are held each spring for dedicated high school students wishing to join the PG-13 Players; no drama experience is necessary. Training takes place during the summer and the performance season begins in September. Keep an eye out here for audition information!
Research indicates that teens receive most of their information from other teens, but unfortunately much of this information is inaccurate and can contribute to inadequate health care and risky behaviors. Due to the high rates of STIs and teenage pregnancies in the United States, peer education programs are necessary to help America's youth obtain accurate sexual health knowledge and engage in fewer risk behaviors. Studies have shown that people are more likely to hear and personalize messages, and thus to change their attitudes and behaviors, if they believe the messenger is similar to them and faces the same concerns and pressures. [1, 2]
1. Sloane BC, Zimmer CG. The power of peer health education. Journal of American College Health 1993; 41:241-245
2. Milburn K. A critical review of peer education with young people with special reference to sexual health. Health Education Research 1995; 10:407-420.
2016-2017 PG-13 Players presenting the 2016 FLE Award
PG-13 Players receive financial support from The National Council of Jewish Women, Nashville Section.