What is Peer Education?
Peer education is an approach to public health promotion that has been used around the world. It is a process in which members of a target community are empowered to promote healthy behaviors. Peer education leverages the power of role modeling and can be used to address a multitude of health topics. Peer education is particularly effective with adolescents, and has been used successfully to reduce high-risk sexual behaviors and increase use of sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention strategies.
Who are the ID Alliance Peer Educators?
School: John Hay High School
Other interests: Cheerleading, working at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
"I want to be that person everyone can come to when they need information. Since I started the program I noticed that teens are starting to ask more and more questions. It's shocking how many teens don't know how to protect themselves."
School: Glenville High School
Other interests: Working with kids and young adults
"I believe teens should know how to protect and prevent themselves from getting in contact with STIs. When heard about the program I was immediately interested. I never really understood STIs until the program."
School: John Adams High School (graduated 2013)
Other interests: Fashion
"I got involved in the ID Alliance Peer Educator program to help people. I care about lives, so that's why I joined. STIs are important and should be taken seriously. I want to lower the risk of people having STIs and unwanted pregnancy."
School: Hiram College
Shaw High School (graduated 2013)
Other interests: Music
"I was amazed at the fact that there are so many STIs and how anyone can get one. Anything can happen to anyone and you always have to be cautious."
ID Alliance Peer Educators are high school students who provide practical advice about STI prevention and sexual health to their peers. Peer Educators plan and facilitate workshops for other youth, work alongside clinic staff at Teen Night, and create educational materials. Peer Educators also serve as resources within their communities for information about STI prevention.
Currently, the ID Alliance employs four PEs. Click on their picture above to learn more about each of these outstanding young people.
Becoming a Peer Educator
Interested high school students can begin the process of becoming an ID Alliance Peer Educator at any time. Basic training for ID Alliance Peer Educators includes lessons from the validated Get Real and Teens for AIDS Prevention curricula. In addition to learning about STI prevention, Peer Educators must also participate in training focused on professionalism, cultural competency, and self awareness. Download the training checklist to learn more about the core education and skills required.
Training sessions are offered at 6:15p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the first floor multipurpose room at J. Glen Smith Health Center (11100 St. Clair Avenue). Training sessions may be completed in any order, and any teen is welcome to attend any training sessions. A calendar of upcoming topics is available. After completion of all required training elements, prospective Peer Educators complete a written knowledgebase quiz and facilitate a mock STI overview session for current Peer Educators. These assessments serve as a basis for selecting new ID Alliance Peer Educators. Newly trained Peer Educators are hired by the ID Alliance as funding allows.