Shared Resources from the Peer Educator Training Work Group – August 2020

We wrapped up the Peer Educator Training work group in August with two special meetings.

Peer Educator Training Work Group meeting – 8/12/20 (recording)

In this SHOW US WHAT YA GOT meeting we all had an opportunity to share activities that we use in peer educator training. That part of the meeting starts at about 9:20 on the recording.

Peer Educator Training Work Group meeting – 8/26/20 (recording)

In our final meeting, we heard from peer educators themselves about their experiences, then took time to reflect. The peer educator section begins about 10:40.

Thank you to all who shared ideas and resources with this work group!

Shared Resources from the Peer Educator Training Work Group – July 2020

Michele Luc and Teresa Casullo: Reflection and Resources

PET Work Group meeting – 7/1/20 (recording)

For downloadable resources, visit this Hub post (the CAPP and PREP blog).

Zoee Davidson & Katiana Partis:
Teen Peer Ed & Social Media

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

PET Work Group meeting – 7/15/20 (recording)

Zoee and Katiana presented on how they use social media as a foundation for engaging their peer educators as well as how their peer educators use social media as a tool to educate other youth. The intended audience is educators who work with (or plan to work with) peer educators.  The presentation, which was developed on Canva, can be shared/presented on any platform where PowerPoint can be shared (e.g. Zoom) and can be viewed on any web browser by clicking on the link.

Teen Peer Ed & Social Media presentation

Thank you Zoee and Kati!

Tavia Jackson: Teen Choice Peer Leadership Program

Inwood House at Children’s Village

PET Work Group meeting – 7/29/20 (recording)
(Tavia’s presentation begins at 5:58)

In this meeting, we learned about the peer education program run by Inwood House at Children’s Village. Tavia also included tips on launching a peer ed program.

Thank you, Tavia!

Shared Resources from the Peer Educator Training Work Group – June 2020

Teresa Casullo: Teens Helping Teens

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

In our first work group meeting, co-facilitator Teresa Casullo shared information about PPGNY’s Teens Helping Teens group in Schenectady, including their community work, retreats, and other activities, as well as an example of a virtual meeting.Teens Helping Teens – PPGNY peer educatorsDOWNLOAD

Peer Educator Training Work Group meeting – 6/3/20 (recording)
Teresa’s presentation begins at 29:53.

Kailin Kucewicz: Peer Educators Empowering People

Native American Community Services

In our June 17th meeting, Kailin Kucewicz shared detailed information about her peer education group, Peer Educators Empowering People. Her presentation included a description of the group, the PSA development process, PEEPs virtual activities and events, and nuts and bolts about how the group is run.Peer Educators Empowering People – NACSDOWNLOAD

Peer Educator Training Work Group meeting – 6/17/20 (recording)
Kailin’s presentation begins at 15:45.

Here are the links for some of the things Kailin talked about in the presentation:

PEEPs Hours Log

PEEPs 2020 Calendar

NACS Facebook Page

NACS Instagram

Thank you, Kailin and Teresa, for these inspirational examples and practical resources!

There’s No Place Like Home: How to Make “Working Remotely” Work for You

It’s been between 3-4 weeks since the majority of us have been working remotely. While this has had an impact on many facets of our lives, let’s focus on our work lives in this post. How do you navigate the unique dynamics of working from home, especially if you’re not alone? There are several challenges related to working remotely such as limited access to files or curricular materials, noise and distractions from those within and outside of your home, and having to deal with health concerns—your own and/or those of your loved ones. Here are a few tips:

  1. Create a calendar/routine: This is especially important if you have multiple people in the home and have to share space and/or technology. While our current reality is anything but “normal,” try to promote a sense of normalcy by doing what you used to do before while also establishing some new routines (e.g. shower and get dressed as if you were going into the office—YES, I said get dressed, no matter how tempting it may be to stay in your PJs, schedule and enjoy your meals and breaks, check your emails and use a calendar to keep track of all of your work meetings and activities). If sharing space/technology, you may want to do this for everyone in your home to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  2. Find/create a space at home to work: Acknowledging that this may be difficult if space is limited and there are multiple people in your home, try to find a neutral space with few distractions (for you and for those that will see you on video). If you’re on several virtual meetings, you want to find an area that is well-lit and not too far from your router so that you get a strong connection. Make sure your seating is comfortable, but not too comfortable…I know the recliner is really tempting.
  3. Step up your technology game: Since more of us are working online, we’re seeing the good side of technology (e.g. being able to connect with friends and family for virtual hang-out sessions) and the not-so-good side of technology (e.g. Zoom Bombing). Take this time to learn the basics of some commonly used platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, as well as some newer ways that people are connecting like Houseparty.
  4. Establish boundaries: Working from home means that it’s easier to get your day started, but it might also make it harder for you to end your day. It’s important to establish boundaries by letting people (including your family, colleagues, etc.) know when you’re working and when you’re off the clock. Most importantly, when you’re off…you’re off! Disconnect from work and reconnect with your actual “home life.”
  5. Be gentle with yourself: As mentioned previously, there is nothing normal about what we are collectively experiencing. So, don’t expect to fall into “work as usual” mode so quickly. Allow yourself time to find your groove in our new reality and, don’t just forgive yourself for making mistakes, but expect them. Lastly, explore new self-care options: take an online dance, yoga, or fitness class, listen to your favorite podcasts or audiobooks, take on the those long overdue home improvement projects, experiment with some new recipes or reconnect with loved ones that you’ve lost touch with.
Michele Luc smiling

~ Michele