S.T.A.R.S. Peer Education Program, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
Meaghan Carroll, Director of Education | (518) 512-9042
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
Teen pregnancy has been directly correlated to high drop-out rates among teens in rural and urban schools. One proven technique for reaching students with information and guidance on sexual health and responsibility is that of peer education. The approach recognizes that teens will often refrain from asking parents or other adults critical questions about sex, and will instead look for advice from media, the web or their peers.
The S.T.A.R.S. (Seriously Talking About Responsible Sex) Peer Education Program has engaged local high school students for over a decade in intensive training programs on issues of sexual health and responsibility. The goal of S.T.A.R.S. is for each program graduate to return to school and become an important and trusted source of factual information on sexual health for his or her peers. Each student receives at least 20 hours of training on a wide range of sexual health topics. Participants are taught public speaking, group facilitation, and active listening skills and learn to work with teens from different backgrounds and perspectives. They attend college tours, host parent-youth movie nights, visit local museums, and participate in a wide range of community events. Students also serve as staff assistants for the UHPP teen drop-in clinics that take place on Thursday afternoons, at the UHPP Albany and Hudson health centers.
Over 100 students from Albany and Columbia Counties have now graduated from the S.T.A.R.S. program.
Target Population Served by the Program:
Adolescent youth living in Albany and Columbia Counties.
Ways the You can Support the Work of this Program:
To learn more about the S.T.A.R.S. Peer Education Program click here.
To find out how you can become a S.T.A.R.S. peer educator, and to request a peer educator application, call the Albany Youth Program Facilitator at (518) 434-5678 ext. 138, or the Hudson Youth Program Facilitator at (518) 828-7818.