Seventeen youth ages 14 to 25 in Essequibo completed the full week training program at Hope For All in April and learned the skills necessary to be able to inform their peers on issues such as pregnancy, the male and female reproductive system, HIV and STI symptoms, transmission and prevention, stigma and discrimination, violence prevention, assertive communication and facilitation techniques.
Since the training, in the past month these youth have been able to reach out to over 250 of their peers in formally planned sessions on a variety of topics such as “Love and Infatuation”, “Sex and HIV Risk”, “Delaying Sex” and “Stigma and Discrimination in School”. The Peer Educators have been able to hold sessions at Abram Zuil Secondary, Johanna Cecilia Secondary, Essequibo Technical Institute, Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary, Charity Secondary and with Hope For All’s Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) group. In addition, each Peer Educator has also been able to reach a number of their other peers in one-on-one sessions to discuss issues that are affecting individuals. The group recently got back together for a follow-up meeting and have elected leadership and planned their next steps as a Peer Education team, so that they can reach out to more people in Region 2!
Congratulations to Arnold, Tenesha, Serafya, Annalisa, Stacy, Sarswattie, Ilhunde, Toneacia, Yhenicia, Candace, Treshawna, Shelon, Anmeary, Joy-Esther, Candacie, Narifar and Shasta on becoming certified Peer Educators!!! We look forward to working with you more and seeing what you’ll do next!