he goal of the Healthy Sexuality Peer Educator Program is to empower students to make healthy sexual choices that are right for them, including the choice not to have sex.
Healthy Sexuality Peer Educators carry out the program's goal by conducting outreach and education activities including presenting workshops to student groups, teaching the Methods of Contraception class, interacting with students at tabling events, and conducting individual consultations.
Healthy Sexuality Peer Educators receive 5 academic credits for their training and service. Healthy Sexuality Peer Educator training covers a variety of topics related to sex including: public health theory; sexual anatomy and physiology; behavior research; methods of contraception; sexually transmitted infection testing, treatment and prevention; safer sex; and safer sex communication.
Healthy Sexuality Peer Educator Program Requirements
- Recruitment occurs in the spring (usually March & April) for the following fall semester.
- Peer Educators must commit to 3 consecutive long semesters (fall-spring-fall).
- During the first semester, Peer Educators take KIN 378, a 3 credit hour academic course. This class prepares students to be Peer Educators through discussions, lectures, didactic presentations, and interactive exercises. Attendance and participation are required. Some class activities include attendance at meetings and presentations outside of normal class times (usually evenings).
- During the first semester, new Peer Educators observe Peer Educator-led classes (2) and workshops (2).
- During the following spring and fall semesters, Peer Educators enroll in and receive credit for KIN 178, a 1 credit hour course, while completing 20 hours of volunteer service each semester.
- Peer Educators complete volunteer hours by doing outreach and education activities.