Streetwork's Harlem Center: Peer Education

Need Help? Call Our Free Anonymous Teen & Youth Homelessness Hotline: 800.708.6600

Uploaded Image: /uploads/Streetwork/Streetwork-Peer-Education.jpg
Many of the young people that come to Streetwork work on the streets themselves, trading sex in the hope of safety and sustenance.

Streetwork is able to reach these young people by offering them help and information and empowering them to make their own decisions -- without judgment.

One of Streetwork’s most powerful ways to reach young people is to through peer education programs. Current clients are recruited as educators at Streetwork’s drop-in center.

Then the peer educators take action. "They talk to people when they go out into their neighborhoods, out "on the stroll," or wherever they are in life. They hand out safe sex packets and encourage other young people to practice safe sex."

Engaging homeless and street-involved youth in educating their peers means that lifesaving information gains credibility and reaches those who need it most. The program also gives the young educators the opportunity to realize their own self-worth, their ability to make safe choices and their power to help others to do the same.

For those who do participate in the program, helping their peers often becomes a source of pride and community, especially during challenging times.

Next stop: Wellness Center.

Streetwork Overview
Streetwork
Overview

Harlem Welcome Center
Harlem Center
Welcome
Streetwork Kitchen
Kitchen
Streetwork Main Lounge
Main Lounge
Streetwork Laundry & Showers
Showers & Laundry
Streetwork Music Room
Music Room
Streetwork Art Center
Art Center
Streetwork Counseling Room
Counseling Room
Streetwork Computer Room
Computer Room
Streetwork Peer Education
Peer Education
Streetwork Wellness Center
Wellness Center
Streetwork Get Involved
Get Involved
Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.
Official PayPal Seal