When young people teach each other, both the student peer educator and the younger student benefit. The Teen Outreach peer educators accompany our adult educators to middle and elementary schools and provide role plays, interactive learning experiences and discussion on relationships, peer pressure, and postponing sex. Our fourth and fifth grade puppet program focuses upon puberty and decision making; our kindergarten through third grade puppet presentations stress communication with parents, stranger danger, and decision-making. Our peer educators have placed first in educational drama presentations at the state level. They participate in a formal training program taught by the Outreach staff and are supervised by Outreach professionals at all times. Peer Education consist of four distinct programs:

  • Peer Educators meet the fourth Wednesday of every month from 4-5:30 PM at the Common Ground Teen Center. Any ninth-twelfth grader is welcome to attend. These teens will only teach younger students after they complete training.

  • The Peer Educator Executive Board is composed of juniors and seniors who have shown exemplary dedication to the mission of Teen Outreach. These outstanding young people meet at the second Wednesday of every month from 6-7:30 PM at the Common Ground Teen Center before regular meetings to plan the meeting and provide feedback to Outreach professional staff.

  • Adolescent Advisory Board: Four students from each Washington and Greene County high school are selected yearly to attend this monthly Advisory Board. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month from 8:30-10:00 AM at the hospital. The Advisory Board critiques new learning activities and provides insight into adolescent needs and culture.

  • Real Talk Performers: These Peer Educators create and perform cutting edge original educational drama for both young people and adults. They have received five first place awards at the PA Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy annual Youth Conference in Harrisburg and were awarded that Coalition’s coveted Youth Advocacy Award in October, 2003.
 

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