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Teen PEP equips peer educators to conduct conversations about healthy behavior within their own communities in their own voices. Here is what past participants have to say about the program.

“The program educates and empowers students to get help and provides them with a safe place to turn. As a school mental health professional and the Teen PEP advisor for our school, it has been my experience that young people are more inclined to listen and learn from their peers than from adults. Teen PEP provides students the ability to educate and the gift of developing emotionally and socially into healthy young adults.”
— Marinda Moeller, LSW

“It is evident by the students reactions that it is more effective for them to hear these things from us, people they walk the hallways with everyday…The help I have been able to provide some of my classmates, with what I have learned through Teen PEP, makes me very glad I became involved with this program.”
—Grisoranyel Barrios, former Springfield High School Teen PEP leader

Teen PEP is all about Peers Educating Peers, and along with interactive classroom discussions our student leaders make themselves available to anyone who would like to talk to them about a problem or concern they face. However, it is important to know that should a child disclose any situation of abuse, danger or harm, all Teen PEP leaders are mandated to report that incident to an adult advisor at either the school or one of the Teen PEP advisors from the Toledo Children’s Hospital. All adults involved with the program are state mandated reporters.

Teen PEP Topics

In Teen PEP, we help young people identify and understand important issues that impact their lives. Here are just some of the topics and definitions that we discuss:

Adolescent Relationship Violence

A pattern of actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse, perpetrated by an adolescent against a current or former dating partner.


A pattern of behavior by one or more students with the purpose of embarrassing, humiliating, or threatening the target student.

Emotional Abuse

A pattern of behavior that impairs a child's emotional development or sense of self-worth. This may include constant criticism, threats, or rejection, as well as withholding love, support, or guidance.

Gender Stereotyping

Beliefs held about characteristics, traits, activities or roles that society considers appropriate for men and women.

Healthy Communication

Willingness to have open and spontaneous dialogue without fear or threat of retaliation. Having a balance of giving and receiving. Problem solving to mutual benefit.


When a parent or guardian does not provide a child with basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, medical care or education.

Physical Abuse

Behavior by an adult that leaves marks, bruises or injuries on a child’s body.


Forced or coerced penetration when there is no consent or consent is not possible due to substantial impairment.