Peer AIDS Educators

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Junior-Senior High School’s students certified as Peer AIDS Educators visited Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue schools to present to the district’s sixth-grade students on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. The Peer AIDS Educators Program is a joint effort between the district, North Shore University Hospital’s Center for AIDS Research and Treatment, and the Department of Professional and Public Health Education.

High school students from participating districts across Long Island were selected to attend an intensive HIV/AIDS education training program at North Shore Hospital, which prepared them with the knowledge and skills necessary to educate youth on the topic. After completing the training, students were involved in planning and implementing HIV/AIDS presentations and classroom activities, as part of the district’s fifth- and sixth-grade health curriculum.  

The Junior-Senior High School Peer AIDS Educators program, which is facilitated by social worker Kristen Mednick and Director of Athletics David Barth, will return to Rhame and Centre in the spring to present the lesson to fifth-grade students.