- Social Innovation Fellowship
SHAPE is a pilot project designed to train adolescents at The Met, a local alternative high school in South Providence, to become peer health educators. Throughout the fall semester, six Brown volunteers will train and mentor a group of 10-12 Met students after school on topics ranging from anatomy, STIs, and contraception to dating, gender and sexuality, and body image. In the spring semester, Met peer educators will begin facilitating sexual health education workshops in freshmen classes. Brown volunteers will then transition into the role of supporting the peer educators, helping them prepare for workshops, and shadowing them in the classroom to help manage students and ensure that the information the peer educators are presenting is accurate.
It is our hope that by using the model of peer-to-peer health education the program will help to reduce STI and pregnancy rates at the Met by empowering students to take control of their health, and establishing social norms at the school that encourage practicing safer sex.