Peer Education Celebrates 24th Year

The Peer Education program is supported by a foundation created by Tom and Pam O’Neil, with the consultation of Dr. Charles Deutsch of the Harvard School of Public Health. The goal of Peer Education is to promote healthy decisions by addressing attitudes that often lead to unhealthy risks.

The Peer Educators serve as strong role models for the freshmen class.They consist of a diverse group of leaders who dedicate a significant amount their time to their peers. Training for the peer educators is an on-going process involving an overnight retreat and weekly team meetings that begin in September and continue through March. Teams of three peer educators then meet regularly with the freshmen, instructing and discussing issues of interest to the freshmen. The key factor in all Peer Education lessons is health and making healthy decisions. Some topics include: the six kinds of health, effective decision making, appropriate use of social media, speaking up, dealing with loss, and alcohol and other drugs. The success of the program, since its inception, has been due to the dedication of the peer educators and their unique ability to establish strong relationships with the freshmen.