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The Vashon Teen Council sits at the middle of three intersecting spheres: public health (prevention), social change, and healthy sexuality.
Teen Council (TC) is a national award-winning youth peer education program developed and tested by Planned Parenthood. It is also a pilot project of The DOVE Project in that DOVE’s Teen Council is the first non-Planned Parenthood run TC in the United States.
Teen Council members create social change through advocacy and in their schools and communities. The work they do helps build a healthier community.
The ultimate goal of education about youth violence is to stop teen dating violence before it begins. During the preteen and teen years, young people are learning the skills they need to form positive, healthy relationships with others, and it is an ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of teen dating violence that can last into adulthood.
What We Do
Teen Council directly addresses some of the biggest challenges in keeping teens healthy – a lack of accurate and approachable information and trustworthy sources for help and guidance.
Teen Council is a program that teaches local middle and high school students to be accurate and trustworthy resources for their peers on the subjects of sexual health and healthy relationships.
We’ve found that this model of teaching and learning – called “peer education” – allows teens to get the information they need to lead healthy lives on a level that’s comfortable for them, and develops strong leaders in the process.
All the teens who have participated in DOVE’s Teen Council program have said the experience was life-changing. The dynamic nature of the program means teens gain valuable life skills in an environment that fosters positivity and growth. Being a Teen Council member allows teens to:
Develop strong presentation and teaching skills
Become a trusted and accurate resource on sexual health for their peers
Make a positive impact in their community through presentations and daily one on one interactions
Gain valuable real-world experience and education while still in high school