• Teen Council

    Keeping teens healthy with peer-led Sex Ed

  • DOVE

    Part of the Vashon DOVE Project's Prevention Program

peer led sex ed

Who We Are


Vashon Teen Council serves to positively impact our Island teens and broader community. We are an accurate and trustworthy resource for our peers on the subjects of sexual health and healthy relationships.

VASHON TEEN COUNCIL

About Us


Teen Council directly addresses some of the biggest challenges in keeping teens healthy – a lack of accurate and approachable information and trustworthy sources for help and guidance.

Teen Council is a program that teaches local middle and high school students to be accurate and trustworthy resources for their peers on the subjects of sexual health and healthy relationships.

We’ve found that this model of teaching and learning – called “peer education” – allows teens to get the information they need to lead healthy lives on a level that’s comfortable for them, and develops strong leaders in the process.

All the teens who have participated in DOVE’s Teen Council program have said the experience was life-changing. The dynamic nature of the program means teens gain valuable life skills in an environment that fosters positivity and growth. Being a Teen Council member allows teens to:
  • Develop strong presentation and teaching skills
  • Become a trusted and accurate resource on sexual health for their peers
  • Make a positive impact in their community through presentations and daily one on one interactions
  • Gain valuable real-world experience and education while still in high school
In addition to weekly meetings, teens facilitate lessons in the classroom and community, and get involved with causes that are important to their lives. Mentored by our Planned Parenthood Educators, Teen Council members will:

Education

  • Learn about contraception, sexual and reproductive health, and relationships
  • Develop skills in presentation, communication, teaching and leadership
  • Present to peers in classrooms and in their communities

Advocacy & Awareness Building

  • Participate in Teen Lobby Day and other opportunities to educate their elected officials around issues important to them
  • Promote campaigns at their schools that support important causes, like domestic violence awareness or anti-bullying month

Teen Council Topics

  • STDs/HIV
  • Birth Control Methods
  • Consent
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention
  • Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology
The Teen Council program has an impact far beyond the walls of classrooms – the ripple effect of teen educational leaders on their communities is profound.

Teen Council Peer Educators…

  • Use the most effective methods of contraception compared to peers
  • See health providers more often for preventative health care
  • Are more comfortable asserting their needs and boundaries in relationships

Friends of Teen Council Peer Educators…

  • Are more likely to use protection because of what they learned from their Teen Council friends
  • Know where to access resources and contraception
  • Are more comfortable discussing sex/sexuality because of their friends on Teen Council

Recipients of Teen Council Presentations…

  • View Teen Council Peer Educators are as non-judgmental and knowledgeable resources
  • Are likely to go to a Teen Council Peer Educator with questions about sexual health

Education. Dedication. Compassion.

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