ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital is a proud partner of Teen PEP (Peers Educating Peers) - a youth-led primary abuse prevention program that involves youth in creating a positive environment where responsible decisions and respect are valued.
There are no lectures and no judgments: the program simply arms northwest Ohio youth, ages 12-18, with facts about healthy relationships so that they can become leaders among their peers.
Teen PEP is currently in 14 high schools across northwest Ohio. Through Teen Pep, trained teen leaders travel to elementary and junior high schools to educate their younger peers. The program has been highly effective and has sustained during the past 20 years in the Toledo area.
What We Do
Teen PEP coordinators work alongside school personnel in each of the participating schools to put together teams of students from that school who are considered trustworthy by their peers. Once assembled, the teams attend a yearly training held here at the hospital in the fall, together with other schools from the area.
After that, program staff goes to the schools to their peers in classrooms. Most presentations are concentrated on 8th and 9th grade students. Presentations consist mainly of role plays followed by in-depth, peer-led class discussions on each of the topics. A hospital staff member is present during all presentations and activities to support and monitor the peer-led presentations.
The effectiveness of the program is that it is specifically tailored to each individual school’s culture for the teens by the teens, so the material developed and presented is very specific to the particular situations of the students in that school. The program is very flexible and has been well received through the years. Teen PEP aims not only to educate teens on what healthy relationships are, it also strives to encourage those in abusive relationships to seek help and leave those situations.
Teen PEP is based on two CDC evaluated evidence-based curricula – Safe Dates and Expect Respect: A School-Based Program Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships for Youth.
Who We Serve
Teen PEP serves students in the following northwest Ohio schools: Alternative Learning and Career Center, Cardinal Stritch, Clay High School, Northview High School (Sylvania), Northwood High School (Wood Co.) Polly Fox Academy, Rogers High School, Scott High School, Springfield High School, Southview High School, Start High School, Swanton High School (Fulton Co.) Toledo Islamic Academy and Waite High School.
Program Sponsors: Ohio Department of Health and ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital