Each Teen PEP school has a diverse team of individuals that supports efforts to implement and institutionalize the program. Stakeholder Teams include the school principal, another administrator from the school district’s central administration office, one health educator, a pupil support personnel (e.g. guidance counselor, SAC, school psychologist), two parent representatives, one community representative, and two student representatives. Stakeholders work directly with program advisors to enhance and maintain an effective prevention education program for students. They are accessible to the Faculty Advisor Team and support the progress and improvement of the program.
Faculty Advisor Team
In each program school there is a Faculty Advisor Team of two school-based adults or one school- and one community-based adult who are respected among both students and colleagues. Some schools may choose to have a team of three advisors. At least one advisor must have prior training in the area of teen sexual health. If the course is implemented as an alternate health course, one advisor must be a NJ Certified health teacher. After completing a comprehensive training program, the Faculty Advisor Team will team teach a year long, for-credit course (or the equivalent) using the Teen PEP curriculum.
Peer Educator Team
Each school selects a diverse group of students, in the spring of their sophomore or junior year, who will enroll in the Teen PEP course during the following September. Students are enthusiastic, responsible leaders who are representative of the student body of the school. Peer educators facilitate prevention outreach workshops for their peers, parents and community, and commit to being positive role models and sexual health advocates for youth.
In each program school, peer educators conduct at least five outreach workshops to a group of approximately 25 students. Each program school can choose the cohort with whom to provide outreach workshops. The students who participate in the outreach workshops may be freshmen, sophomores, juniors and/or seniors as long as the same students participate in at least five outreach workshops throughout the course of the school year. Outreach topics for this cohort will include postponing sexual involvement, pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention and two other workshops addressing sexual health issues. In addition, peer educators host a Family Night workshop for parents/guardians and other family members, and conduct workshops in the surrounding community.