Our approach is simple. We know that teens are often resistant to health education when the educators are teachers or parents. That is why we empower student health ambassadors to tackle the health crises of their generation—at their own schools.
HIP trains high school students to create school environments where talking about health is safe, acceptable - and mainstream.
HIP taps into the powerful force of peer pressure, equipping student leaders with practical, honest, cutting-edge health information that they are spreading on campus and throughout their communities.
High school students in the junior and senior classes are trained to conduct interactive discussion sessions with their freshmen class peers. These discussion sessions are based on a comprehensive health curriculum that addresses topics such as depression, physical abuse, bullying, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders, grief, stress and obesity.
The junior and senior Peer Health Educators (PHEs) participate in rigorous training sessions that include classroom management, public speaking, leadership training and curriculum knowledge.