Speaking Each Other's Language on Sexuality

Evans, Kendall J.
September 1999
Social Policy;Fall99, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p32
Academic Journal
The article focuses on sexual education of peers. There are many opportunities in life, where people are called on to make a difference in their community. The author found his at Advocates for Youth. In August 1998, he was hired as a peer educator by Advocates. Young people lead workshops for their peers with a focus on skills building through interactive and experiential activities, they had to create positive peer pressure and normalize healthy behaviors that society has shied away from. As peer educators, they speak the language of their counterparts and present the information in a creative and interactive manner. One of his most memorable workshops was with a small group of young men in the Choice program-a community based suspension program for delinquent, abused, or neglected adolescents run by the University of Maryland/Baltimore County. The topic of their workshops was "Condoms as They Relate to Pregnancy and STD Prevention." Each activity required audience participation. They played health-related games, performed a role-play, and had brief but informative discussions about each activity. At the end of the workshop, the coordinator said that we "were the only group that they didn't go to sleep on." The author strongly believes that the group received us well because we were young, lively and did not bore them with long and tedious lectures.


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