ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital is a proud partner of Teen PEP (Peers Educating Peers), a primary abuse prevention program that involves youth in creating a positive environment where responsible decisions are valued.
There are no lectures and no judgments: the program simply arms northwest Ohio youth, ages 12-18, with facts about healthy sexual behaviors so that they can become sexual health advocates and leaders among their peers.
Teen PEP is currently in 12 Toledo area schools and two rural Ohio schools, totaling 14 junior and senior high schools. The program has been highly effective and has sustained over the past 19 years in the Northwest Ohio area.Learn more about Teen PEP topics and events, or find out how to contact us about Teen PEP.
What We Do
Teen PEP coordinators work alongside school personnel in each of the participating schools to put together teams of students from that school who are considered trustworthy by their peers. Once assembled, the teams attend a yearly training held here at the hospital in the fall, together with other schools from the area.
After that, program staff goes to the schools to do focused, personalized trainings with the teen leaders to prepare them for classroom presentations on such issues as (but not limited to): bullying, teen dating violence, gender stereotyping, rape, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, neglect and incest. The presentations to the freshmen classes consist mainly of role plays followed by in-depth, peer-led class discussions on each of the topics.
The effectiveness of the program is that it is specifically tailored to each individual school’s culture for the teens by the teens, so the material developed and presented is very specific to the particular situations of the students in that school. The program is very flexible and has been well received through the years. Teen PEP aims not only to educate teens on what healthy relationships are, it also strives to encourage those in abusive relationships to seek help and leave those situations.
Teen PEP is based on two CDC evaluated evidence-based curricula – Safe Dates and Expect Respect: A School-Based Program Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships for Youth. The goal is to reduce the incidence of sexual violence in Lucas County by providing primary sexual violence prevention education to teens.
Who We Serve
Teen PEP serves students in the following Northwest Ohio schools: Alternative Learning and Career Center, Bowsher High School, McTigue Middle School, Northview High School, Polly Fox Academy, Port Clinton High School, Sandusky Perkins High School, Scott High School, Springfield High School, Springfield Middle School, Southview High School, Start High School, Toledo Islamic Academy and Waite High School.
Program Sponsors: Ohio Department of Health and ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital