Sophomores Become Certified Peer Educators

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Select East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School sophomores attended the Peer AIDS Education and Prevention Training program at North Shore University Hospital, accompanied by social worker Kristen Mednick, on Nov. 18.

The purpose of the Peer AIDS Training program is to educate high school students about HIV/AIDS and to provide training in how to communicate this prevention information to their peers. More than 100 high school students from six different districts participated in the training, attending workshops on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted disease prevention, cultural issues, sexuality and relationships, drug and alcohol trends and many other aspects of teen health and good decision-making. 

Upon completion of the full-day training, students became Certified Peer AIDS Educators, recognizing them as leaders in the education and prevention of HIV/AIDS. The newly certified students will meet with their previously certified counterparts to prepare age-appropriate lessons to be presented to the district’s fifth- and sixth-grade students in the spring.