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Year One: Planning & Preparing for Program Implementation

Planning Year

The first year of the program model, or "Planning Year," lays the foundation for the program and supports the institutionalization of Teen PEP. For schools, the Planning Year generally begins in September following a school's acceptance into the network. During this year, much emphasis is placed on developing a team of stakeholders comprised of individuals within the school and community who are committed to the success of the program. Stakeholders work together to secure the necessary approvals, incorporate the Teen PEP course into the school day, anticipate and problem-solve obstacles, and select and support the two to three individuals who will comprise the faculty advisor team and train Teen PEP peer educators.

During this year, program advisors participate in a total of six days of intensive training to prepare them to team-teach the Teen PEP course and to identify and recruit a representative group of peer educators to enroll in the course.

Services Provided to Sites

During this initial year, the Teen PEP team provides the following services to Teen PEP sites:

  • Training for stakeholder team members

  • Facilitating initial stakeholder team planning meeting(s)

  • Offering recommendations and resources to plan for program implementation and recruit and select student peer educators

  • Providing effective comprehensive sexual health education curricula

  • Training program advisors to effectively implement Teen PEP

  • Program monitoring and evaluation

  • On-going consultation and technical assistance

 

Year Two: Effective Program Implementation

First Implementation Year

During the second program year, or "First Implementation Year," selected peer educators are enrolled in the Teen PEP course. The First Implementation Year generally begins the September following the Planning Year. The Teen PEP course meets daily (or the equivalent) throughout the school year and is team-taught by program advisors who use the structured 12-unit Teen PEP Course Curriculum. Peer educators earn credit toward their graduation requirements and conduct a series of structured outreach workshops with younger peers. In addition, peer educators conduct workshops with parents, school educators, and other groups in and outside of regular school hours.

Services Provided to Sites

During the first implementation year, the Teen PEP team provides the following services to Teen PEP sites:

  • Conducting classroom observations and providing written feedback

  • Administering student surveys to assess advisors' use of facilitation techniques/skills

  • Providing training experiences that foster information sharing across new and veteran program sites

  • Program monitoring and evaluation

  • On-going consultation and technical assistance

 

Year Three and Beyond: Continued Implementation

The ultimate goal of the two-year program model is to create a solid foundation which will ensure that Teen PEP is a sustainable program. During the first two years, sites are provided with tailored training and resources that build the capacity of stakeholders to continue implementing Teen PEP year after year. The Teen PEP team is committed to providing on-going training, consultation, and program evaluation. Services beyond the program start-up period include:

  • Providing training opportunities on advanced sexual health and program implementation topics

  • Developing or redeveloping stakeholder teams, as needed

  • Conducting classroom observations and providing written feedback, as needed

  • Administering student surveys to assess advisors' use of key facilitation techniques/skills, as needed

  • Program monitoring and evaluation

  • On-going consultation and technical assistance