The Teen Prevention Education Program (Teen PEP)
Initiative Description: The Teen Prevention Education Program (Teen PEP), a peer-led sexuality education program designed to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV among high school students.15–20 junior/senior students representative of the student body are enrolled in a daily, year-long Teen PEP course for which they earn course credit. These students become Teen PEP educators. Teen PEP course focused on a variety of topics including teamwork, presentation and facilitation skills, puberty, postponing sexual involvement, birth control methods, the prevention of STIs and HIV, dating violence and date rape prevention, sexual harassment prevention.
Study Results: Increased knowledge of sexual health issues and ability to refuse risky sexual situations.
Reference: Jennings, J. M., Howard, S., & Perotte, C. L. (2014). Effects of a school-based sexuality education program on peer educators: the Teen PEP model. Health Education Research, 29(2), 319–329. https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cyt153
Level of Evidence: Good