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STARS (Students Teaching About Responsible Sexuality) is our high school peer education program. STARS educate their friends, peers, family, and community about sexual and reproductive health and rights and connect people to Planned Parenthood services.

As a member of STARS you'll attend monthly meetings with other teens from your community, learn about healthy sexuality, and develop your leadership skills — plus you'll earn a stipend! 

Got questions? We've got answers. Learn more about our program and how to apply below.

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Who can be a part of STARS?

Any high school student in Connecticut and Rhode Island can become a STARS peer educator. STARS groups are located in Hartford, New Haven, New London, Stamford, and Providence, as well as a virtual STARS group for teens located anywhere in CT and RI. You do not need to live in the city where the STARS group is located as long as you are able to attend in-person meetings.

How do I join STARS?

Interested? Complete our online application and we’ll contact you to schedule an interview.

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What are some of the benefits of becoming a STARS peer educator?

Here are some of the benefits of joining STARS:

  • Paid stipend each semester

  • Free health services at PPSNE health centers

  • Great addition to college applications & resumes

  • Opportunities to attend local & national conferences

  • Opportunity to meet new people in CT and RI

  • Gain leadership, organizing, and facilitation skills and vital knowledge about sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice

What do STARS peer educators do?

STARS attend and actively participate in weekly meetings. At weekly meetings, STARS learn:

  • Sexual health information such as anatomy, pregnancy, birth control methods, healthy relationships, and sexually transmitted infections

  • Skills to lead sexuality education workshops

  • How to become change makers in their communities

Provide sexuality education to their peers and communities. STARS do this by:

  • Having conversations with their friends, family, peers, and others in their community about healthy sexuality

  • Referring people to Planned Parenthood of Southern New England for services

  • Helping teach educational workshops

  • Creating social media content

  • Representing Planned Parenthood at community events