Program background
Teens

Peer Health Promoters

Teen Education Peer Health Promoters
Overview

The Novato Teen Clinic (NTC), is a program of the North Marin Community Services, which operates a teen-only reproductive and behavioral health clinic in Novato. Each year NMCS recruits a team of eight Peer Health Promoters to work in our Novato Teen Clinic.

Are you a Teen or Transitional Aged Youth aged 15-25 years old, who is interested in earning community service or internship* hours in a fun and educational environment? Come join our Peer Health Promoter team at Novato Teen Clinic!

What is a Peer Health Promoter?

A Peer Health Promoter (PHP) is a person that teens can come to confidentially to get help or guidance for their health and well-being. We link teens to services and information they need in the community.

Why do we need PHPs?

• To help teens have access

• To provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for teens

• PHPs can understand their peers’ situation better than adults might be able to

• PHPs help their peers feel less judged

• PHPs can provide empathy and sympathy for their peers’ situations

• PHPs are a resource and can give advice

• PHPs can link and connect teens to the resources they need

What responsibilities can I expect as a Peer Health Promoter?:

Serve as Waiting Room educators at Wednesday Teen Clinic (approximately once per month)

Teach other youth about reproductive health and relationships

Attend trainings, and bi-monthly Peer Health Promoter meetings from 5:30-6:45 on Wednesday evenings.

Implement group projects to increase community wellness

Be the face of NTC at their schools and at other community groups

Speak about the NTC each semester in their schools’ health classes

Serve a minimum of one year

*Stipend available for qualifying PHPs