Peer Education is a Girlguiding-wide initiative which trains members aged 14-25 to lead interactive, empowering sessions on the issues girls told us they want to talk about. Our Peer Educators develop wonderful tools for leadership and discussion so they can share experiences, pass on skills and make a real difference for younger members.
Why it works:
Peer Educators are relatable to the girls because they share similar life experiences. Peer Educators create a safe environment for girls to discuss important issues through a fun range of activities. Girls learn through these activities and take this knowledge out into their local communities. Brownies, Guides and Rangers leave our sessions feeling empowered to make change.
Peer educators deliver engaging, age-specific sessions, each developed with expert partners. These sessions usually take place face-to-face with peer educators running sessions within the unit. The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic is having a negative effect on our young people’s mental health and wellbeing so our team of peer educators are now working hard to deliver sessions virtually, with a particular focus on Think Resilient. Click on each session name to read more on the main Girlguiding website:
Think Resilient – A session to discuss mental health and resilience to help girls cope when they’re faced with the stress in school, families or friendships. This topic was developed with Young Minds
Free Being Me – A session, developed with WAGGGS and the Dove Self-Esteem Project, which helps to grow girls’ body confidence and self-esteem through a series of activities which recognise myths about how women and girls should look and empower girls to take action in the body confidence revolution.
Breaking Free – A session which empowers girls to challenge gender stereotypes that make it harder for them to achieve their goals. Gender stereotypes surround us from clothing, toys and jobs we are encouraged to do. The sessions help members to first identify, and then, to challenge gender stereotypes in their community.
If you’d be interested in booking one of these great sessions, a Peer Educator will come prepared to run the whole meeting with you. The session will be packed with fun activities and the Peer Educator will draw on their training and their own life experiences to enable honest and educational discussions. They may offer some activities to continue exploring the subject with your unit.
If you would like to know more about booking a session for your unit or becoming a Peer Educator please email ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ to contact the region Peer Education coordinator.