Peer AIDS Educators Present Information to Elementary Students

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Twenty-three East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School students, certified as Peer AIDS Educators, visited Centre Avenue and Rhame Avenue elementary schools to present to the fifth- and sixth-grade students information 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 are selected to attend a two-day intensive training on HIV/AIDS, preparing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to educate their peers on the topic. Upon completion of the training, students are involved in planning and implementing HIV/AIDS presentations, as part of the district’s fifth-and sixth-grade health curriculum. The Peer AIDS Educators Program is facilitated by high school social worker Kristen Mednick, in collaboration with the district’s Health and Physical Education Department lead by Athletic Director Dom Vulpis.