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The Peer Advocates Program is a peer-to-peer sex education program for Riverside county based students to encourage informed, safe, and healthy decision-making amongst their peers on their reproductive and sexual health. The role of a Peer Advocate is to educate, outreach, engage, and help increase awareness of reproductive and sexual health and Planned Parenthood services and programs.

Coachella Valley

As a Peer Youth Advocate, youth will:

  • Engage in sexual health training to increase knowledge, leadership and advocacy skills.
  • Promote the importance of advocating for health, healthy relationships, and gender equality.
  • Meet weekly with Planned Parenthood staff to create social media content and plan school-wide and community outreach events.
  • Be known resources for sexual health information in their schools and communities.
  • Gain confidence in their communication, leadership, and public speaking skills.

The students will be selected through a screening process and are expected to commit to one school year in the Peer Youth Advocate Program. The program will consist of trainings, monthly meetings, and outreach activities that can count towards community service hours.

For any questions, please reach out to Community Engagement Manager, Olga Montes

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Western Riverside

Training Topics Covered:

  • Planned Parenthood Services
  • Birth Control Methods
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Healthy Relationship and more!

Outreach:

  • Develop your own events, workshops, or creative ways to engage with your peers.
  • Attend community engagement events and workshops.
  • Participate in a variety of volunteer events: art workshops, condom goody bags, game night, etc.
  • Entered into raffles to win gift cards and PP swag items

The Peer Advocate program requires a 6 month commitment and asks for about 10 total hours of monthly outreach, training and other projects. Students can obtain internship or volunteer credit for their participation in this program.  

Applications are accepted all year round and can be found here!

For any questions, please reach out to Community Engagement Manager, Briana Chapman

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