Youth educators are reducing unplanned pregnancy and STI rates. YWP’s youth educators are making a significant school-level impact regarding condom use, sexual health decision making, and resource referrals. Since October, our educators:
- Distributed 64,247 male condoms, 3,346 female condoms, 9,104 flavored condoms, 5,430 lubricant packets, and 850 dental dams
- Made 927 Clinic Referrals
- Conducted 21,356 educational interventions
YHEP has a positive impact on the youth educators in the areas of education, work readiness, and own health:
- 99% of our seniors were accepted to college or applied to college and waiting for results.
- 70% of our youth educators participate in college prep services
- None of our youth dropped out of school; none are truant
- 50% of all peer educators have above a 3.0 GPA and 80% have above a 2.0 GPA. 0% truancy rate among peer educators
- 80% of peer educators are involved in after school activities, and enrichment programs
- The birthrate among peer educators is zero.
Youth educators made other significant contributions to health access and education. Youth educators trained 150 health teachers, collected data from more than 500 youth on health, violence, education, and other issues, cultivated more than 200 relationships with administrators and teachers in DC public and charter schools, presented more than 40 testimonies to Council Committees in health and education, and provided youth outreach for school-based STI-HIV testing. Youth educators also made significant contributions to the DC Health Education Standards which are scheduled for vote by the State Board of Education (SBOE) on April 20th, 2016 and if passed, will be implemented in the 2016-17 school year. Youth staff held peer focus groups and interviews, organized feedback sessions, and worked closely with School Board President Jack Jacobson and leaders from DCPS, OSSE, and several nonprofit organizations. These new standards, which are the most comprehensive, progressive and needs focused in the country, will establish a strong foundation for expanding and improving health education in all grades and all public schools. This work was not included in our DOH contract but it benefitted directly from the expertise and knowledge of peer educators.