Why Become a TAP Teen?
Every day, four teenagers become pregnant in Nassau County. Across the country, the number of young people contracting HIV is on the rise, and one in four teenage girls has a sexually transmitted infection.
But, being a TAP teen can make a difference. The teens form a bond with their peers and really get to know them. Instead of adults talking at kids, the TAP program allows teens to communicate honestly and openly with other teens to relay Planned Parenthood's message of responsible choices and prevention.
So don't just sit back and let someone lecture you - empower yourself! Show the world that you are ready to make responsible choices about your life and help your peers do the same.
What Does It Take To Be A TAP Teen?
PPNC is looking for teens who add something creative to the group dynamic, who will not be afraid to speak their minds and talk about sensitive issues. Theatre skills are a definite plus.
TAP teens need to have a good personality, be able to work well within a group and be dedicated to learning the required information about sexuality. An effective peer educator is one who is charismatic, welcoming, willing to approach other teens, respectful and able to handle responsibility.
And, of course, you have to follow the rules:
- Attend all meetings and workshops
- Always arrive on time
- Get in touch with us if you are late or can't attend a meeting or workshop
- Take the time to prepare for workshops
- Keep in contact about upcoming meetings or important dates
- Perform a set number of outreach hours
- Attend scheduled supervision sessions
- Receive a yearly physical and TB test
- Be respectful to fellow teen advocates, supervisors and staff
If you are interested in becoming a TAP teen, fill out the application and mail it to: PPNC, Attn: Education Department, 540 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11550. For more information, call (516) 750-2650 or email [email protected].