Empowering Teens to Become Leaders
The CCHE T.R.U.T.H.e (Teens Remaining United Through Health Education) Peer Education Program at the JFK and George Washington campuses is a one-year youth enrichment and development program which provides students with leadership skills to become peer educators in their schools and communities. The program is coordinated by a school-based health education program coordinator, who provides orientation and education about health topics during an intensive summer program and throughout the school year.
During a three-week summer internship experience at NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital — which includes interaction with several departments within the hospital, presentations by NYP medical professionals and other staff members, and presentations by the students themselves about their experiences — the peers:
- Develop workforce skills while exploring different healthcare professions
- Gain public speaking and professional skills to co-facilitate classroom presentations on various health-related topics to their peers
- Participate as volunteers in health fairs, the hospital, and school-based health center activities, as well as the annual NewYork-Presbyterian Youth Summit.
At the end of the program, the teen peers are empowered with skills they need to become leaders in all aspects of their lives.