Offer stakeholder teams effective resources and strategies to create a culture of positive peer pressure where responsible sexual decisions are valued
Provide faculty advisors with increased knowledge and abilities to effectively teach sexual health to students in an atmosphere of mutual respect
Give peer educators the information, communication skills, and confidence to be effective sexual health advocates and leaders among their peers
Equip students with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to avoid STIs, HIV and unintended pregnancy
Provide parents/guardians with the knowledge and skills to appropriately discuss sex and sexuality with their children
Teen PEP is implemented in high schools as a course-for-credit that meets daily (or the equivalent) and in organizations as an after-school program. Carefully selected junior and/or senior students are enrolled in the Teen PEP course and provided with educational training that addresses a range of topics related to sexual health. The peer educators, in turn, conduct a series of structured workshops with groups of younger peers, faculty, and parents.
Teen PEP is a voluntary program that is implemented across New Jersey and North Carolina. The program was developed in 1995 through a collaboration of the Center for Supportive Schools, HiTOPS, Inc., and the primary sponsor, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.