Trenton P.E.E.R.S is a group of young men and women we train extensively to provide prevention education to their peers in the community. The goal of the program is to empower youth in the Greater Trenton Area with the knowledge and skills needed to make responsible, healthy decisions.
The program has seven major areas of focus presented in a dynamic, thought-provoking, and age-appropriate manner: HIV/AIDS, postponing sexual involvement, gang awareness/violence prevention, dating violence, sexual harassment, anger management, and bullying.
The material is presented at schools, churches, and other community organizations to more than 1,500 students annually. Through role plays, the young men and women depict the issues, conflicts and decision-making choices that youth face regarding violence and prevention. After the role plays, the peer educators facilitate group discussion with the participants to reinforce the material presented.
Two mixed-gender teams meet weekly for training and individual case management support as needed. They are provided with a nutritious meal and are driven to meetings and presentations by Millhill staff. They are able to reach a staff person virtually 24/7 for assistance with life crises.
In a geographic area in which half of the students drop out of high school prior to graduation, Trenton PEERS participants graduate on time and go on to college.