The Peer Education team is made up of 18 dedicated high school students. The team is cofacilitated by Bridgercare and Haven and meets weekly to discuss reproductive health and healthy relationships. They then offer medically-accurate, developmentally-appropriate, evidence based, culturally-sensitive sexual health and relationship information to students in local schools and community groups. They also provide resources and referrals outside of presentations in informal settings.
Peer Educators are trained to:
- Understand the basics of topics like puberty, STIs, birth control, healthy/unhealthy/abusive relationship characteristics, consent and sexual assault/coercion prevention, allyship to LGBTQ+ communities, bystander intervention and more
- Maintain confidentiality
- Refraine from giving their own opinion, but rather to provide factual information that empowers each individual to make choices that align with their personal values and future goals
- Provide advocacy when working with survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence
- Refer peers to appropriate services
Although they’re not staff, our high school Peer Educators are a vital part of the organization. They help Bridgercare provide education to youth and increase their comfort level in learning about sexual health and accessing services. They also encourage, and sometimes come with, their teen friends and family to our weekly Teen Clinic.
Want to apply to Peer Ed? Find the application here!
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