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A picture of Omaha teens who are Teen Council peer sexuality educators. Some of them wear t-shirts with Teen Council logo on them.

Teen Council

What is Teen Council?

Teen Council is made up of diverse students from local high schools in the Des Moines area. They strive to create a council with members who have different beliefs, viewpoints and backgrounds; and they actively work to build a group that is anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-homophobic. No prior knowledge about sexual health and prevention issues is expected. 

Teen Council members take what they learn during meetings and create classroom presentations to share with their peers at various schools and community groups.

(How) Peer Education Works

Planned Parenthood North Central States strongly believes in the effectiveness of peer education as a model for reaching young people with important health information. We work to empower teens to share information through formal classroom presentations and through informal interactions with friends, family, and classmates. When students see a peer presenting about social situations and pressures with confidence and knowledge, they listen.

 What do Teen Council members do?

Through the power of peer education and accurate and unbiased sexuality information, Teen Council members work to end ignorance, promote tolerance, and improve communication between teens and the important people in their lives.

Teen Council members:

  • Create peer-to-peer dialogue
  • Educate on topics such as HIV/AIDS, harassment, healthy relationships, delaying sex, family communication, multicultural awareness, and more
  • Act as resources by sharing reliable, fact-based sexual health information with friends and peers
  • Participate in weekly meetings and trainings to increase knowledge and skills
  • Have a lot of fun and make their voices heard!

Students who identify as people of color, gender non-conforming, or transgender are highly encouraged to apply.