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Connecting Teens with Teens

Research tells us that health messages are more powerful when they come from a peer -- someone who looks like you and experiences similar challenges. Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida's Peer Education Program trains high school students to provide accurate information about sexual health and help guide their peers in making healthy decisions about their bodies and relationships. Whether on the bus, the hall between classes, or hanging out after school, our Peer Educators are trusted sources of medically-accurate information for their peers.

Teens can join the Peer Education Program to connect with other people, gain more knowledge on sexuality education, shed light on issues, inspire others, and be part of the change in their communities.

This is what Peer Educators had to say when we asked “How has participating in the program helped you and/or your peers?”

  • "It has helped me learn more about my reproductive health."
  • "It helped me with public speaking."
  • "I built new relationships and had fun."
  • "I have learned a lot and have been able to effectively educate my peers on important issues."
  • "It has made me more informed and a better member of my community."
  • "It has helped me correct misinformation I learned from my friends and family."
  • "It gave me confidence and helped me mature."
  • "It had helped me see that we all want and need to be educated on sexual health topics."
  • "I have been able to correct myths and educate people around me."

We currently have an active Peer Education group in Sarasota that meets on a weekly basis during the academic school year.

Contact Paola Ferst at [email protected] or 941-877-0755 to learn more about our Peer Education Program!