Teen Prevention Education Program (Teen PEP)

High school juniors & seniors educating younger students about healthy decision-making.


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“This program is effective because we teach our peers about many issues in an interactive way.  We do not just give them hundreds of facts, we mix facts with real life situations that the kids can relate to and understand. This makes all the topics real, and emphasizes their importance.  Without Teen PEP, a lot of people would not know all of their options and would not make safe, informed decisions.”

-Teen PEP Peer Educator

The Teen Prevention Education (Teen PEP) is a comprehensive, sexual health program that utilizes peer-to-peer education to increase students´ knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors associated with healthy decision-making.

The program model is designed to:

  • Offer stakeholder teams effective resources and strategies to create a culture of positive peer pressure where responsible sexual decisions are valued

  • Provide faculty advisors with increased knowledge and abilities to effectively teach sexual health to students in an atmosphere of mutual respect

  • Give peer educators the information, communication skills, and confidence to be effective sexual health advocates and leaders among their peers

  • Equip students with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to avoid STIs, HIV, and unintended pregnancy

  • Provide parents/guardians with the knowledge and skills to appropriately discuss sex and sexuality with their children.

Teen PEP is implemented in high schools as a course for-credit that meets daily (or the equivalent) and in organizations as an after-school program. Carefully selected junior and/or senior students are enrolled in the Teen PEP course and provided with educational training that addresses a range of topics related to sexual health. The peer educators, in turn, conduct a series of structured workshops with groups of younger peers, faculty, and parents.

Teen PEP is a voluntary program that is implemented across New Jersey and North Carolina. The program was developed in 1995 through a collaboration of the Center for Supportive Schools, HiTOPS, Inc., and the primary sponsor, the New Jersey Department of Health.