About Empower RVA Teens: The first 8 weeks of this program involves a certification process, during which you will learn the necessary skills and content to be an effective Peer Educator on topics surrounding healthy relationships. You will learn about topics that deal with warning signs of abuse, what constitutes a healthy relationship, how to help friends who are in an abusive relationship, sexual violence, etc. In addition, you will learn public speaking and facilitation skills so that you can feel prepared to talk about these topics with your peers. We also incorporate team bonding activities and games, so that we can all have some fun while dealing with these difficult topics.
After you become a certified Teen Peer Educator, you will then have the opportunity to practice and finesse your public speaking skills through different speaking engagement opportunities for your peers, adults, and other community members. You will also have the chance to learn leadership skills, as you will be in charge of planning, organizing, and managing awareness month events and working on incorporating what you learned into your lives at home, school, and other clubs of which you are a part. You will get the chance to work in groups both with other members of our program and other youth programs in the Richmond area.
Who Can Apply: High-school-age teens (generally 15-18 years old) in the Greater Richmond area.Includes anyone enrolled in local high schools, currently home-schooled or not enrolled in any school.
Time Commitment: The certification process consists of 8, 2 hour, weekly sessions. It is required that participants attend 7 out of the 8 sessions in order to become a certified Teen Peer Educator (pending any extenuating circumstances). Following the certification process, you will be expected to be an active member of this group, which involves working on special awareness month projects, facilitating workshops, and meeting 1-2 times per month with the whole group. A detailed schedule of sessions will be provided prior to the start of the program. We understand that there are probably many commitments in your life, so we will do our best to work with you and your schedule; however, we also appreciate if you work with us to dedicate your time and commitment to this program.
Application Process: First, submit your online application by July 31st. Second, you will be contacted by YWCA staff to schedule an in-person interview. Last, you will be notified about final decisions by Friday, August 18th. *Note applications will be reviewed and accepted as they come in, so please apply as soon as possible.*
Please direct any questions about the program to Rachael Kaufman, Community Outreach Specialist, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 804-643-6761 ext. 101.