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What is Peer Education?

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida's Peer Education Program trains high school and college students to provide accurate information about sexual health and help guide their peers in making healthy decisions about their bodies and relationships. Peer Educators take what they learn in weekly meetings out into the community, supporting friends and peers between classes, outside of school, and beyond. 

Research shows that Peer Educators make a lasting impact on their communities, in fact it has been shown that health messages are more powerful when they come from a peer — someone who looks like you and experiences similar challenges. 

Students can join the Peer Education Program to connect with other students, gain more knowledge on sexuality education, and be part of positive change in their communities. Peer Education builds skills and provides opportunities in preparing for further education and careers. 

Join Peer Education!

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida is now accepting high school and college Peer Education Applications for the 2023-2024 school year. Peer Educators can:

  • Be a go-to resource for your peers to answer questions and connect them to sexual health information.
  • Develop leadership, advocacy and communication skills.
  • Make a positive impact in your community.
  • Connect with fellow leaders, professionals and experts.
  • Help create content such as: write articles, interview peers, produce videos and social media content, create artwork, and layout for our  magazine.
  • Gain valuable skills and relevant experience for high school, college, careers, and graduate school around interests like healthcare, journalism, the arts, advocacy, and more.
  • Earn a PAID stipend or volunteer hours!

Peer Education for High Schoolers — Connecting Teens with Teens 

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida’s High School Peer Education Program currently trains students in Sarasota, Orange, Manatee, Polk, Hillsborough and Collier counties.  

Students attend weekly meetings with other highschoolers throughout their counties to learn about sexual health and provide the foundation for the work they will do in their communities. Peer Educators support other high school students, have the opportunity to teach alongside Planned Parenthood educators, and engage with or start special projects including magazines and podcasts relating to sex education. Students build skills, make an impact at their schools and beyond, and prepare for college and work beyond. 

Peer Education for University Students — Building University Leaders 

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida’s College Peer Education Program currently trains students at Orange county collegesTampa Bay area colleges, and Eckerd College. 

Students attend weekly meetings with to build a foundation in sexual health before diving deeper into critical issues. We develop student leaders who make an impact in their communities while building skills for graduate school, internships, and post-graduate opportunities. College Peer Educators are a trusted resource in their campus communities work to teach, organize, and advocate close to home and across the state. 

High School Peer Education Applications

Orange County

Sarasota County

Collier County

Manatee County

Polk County

College Peer Education Applications

Orange County Colleges

Tampa Bay Area Colleges

Eckerd College