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Why peer education?

Peer education helps young people navigate through some of the most difficult decisions adolescents face. Peer educators are teens who help others. They present programs on sexual health topics to school and community groups.

Some issues are easier to talk about with someone your own age.

Peer educators are trained and mentored by professional staff. They learn the latest information on relevant issues like sexual health, respect, and relationships and share that information with their peers. 

What are the benefits of being a peer educator?

  • Develops increased confidence through improved public speaking skills, positive self-expression, goal setting, and team-building.
  • Reduces stress; increases fun. Make great friends.
  • Encourages responsible decision-making.
  • Fulfills community service requirements for high school.
  • Enhances college application; experience demonstrates commitment, skills, community involvement.

Who can join?

Members are 14-19 years of age who want to learn and help others. Must make a commitment to a weekly meeting/program and one weekend retreat. 

Teens Helping Teens (THT)

Members reside in Schenectady County. Paid work experience. For more information, contact Teresa Casullo at 518.374.5353, ext. 2267 or [email protected]

What's Up? 

Members reside in the Utica area.  Great first job includes paid outreach. For more information, contact Emmie Comstock at 315.724.6146, ext. 1253 or [email protected].

THT and What's Up? are funded by the Community Based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) grant through the NYS DOH to help reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Teen View 

Members reside in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. Volunteer experience. For more information, contact Travis Samborin at 518.584.0041, ext. 4531 or [email protected].

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