Peer supporters are young people who provide support to other young people by listening, supporting, referring and giving information about health and safety.
They are volunteers who reach out to peers in their community to provide accurate information, resources and links to services in their communities. They are the bridge for connecting their peers with what they need.
The autumn training is currently underway. Our next training will start on February 7, 2017! The training will be every Tuesday evening, 6-9pm night for 11 weeks!
Peer Support Training
- What to Expect
Peer Support training is an in-depth 32-35hour training for people ages 14-18 who are interested in learning about sexuality, sexual and reproductive health like birth control and sexually transmitted infections, healthy/unhealthy relationships, mental health, suicide prevention, diversity, substance use , communication and other issues young people face. Each session usually covers one topic and includes activities, games, stories, discussions, and/or hands-on learning.
Our training is FREE of charge. We also provide snacks and bus tokens. When you decide if you would like to take the training please contact us and we will add your name to our list.
If you know any other young people who might be interested in this program, please pass along this information. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
- Training Manual & Topics
- Our Peer Support Manual is a book full of activities and information that focuses on all of the topics we cover during our training. It also includes an action planning section that focuses on how to get involved or plan events in your own community/school.
Click below for the full copy of the Peer Support Manual:
Click below for each individual chapter of the manual:
B. Youth Sexuality
D. Birth Control
E. Pregnancy Options
F. Sexually Transmitted Infections
H. Appreciating Diversity
I. Mental Health
J. Substance Use Awareness
K. Body Image
L. Action Planning
- After the Training
After the training Teen Talk we’ll provide you with support and encouragement to use your improved knowledge, communication skills and leadership abilities in order to help your peers and take action in your schools and communities. You’ll connect with other Peer Supporters from around your community to make a difference. This can including working on resources to help other people, zines, craft nights and more! Check out the full list of Peer Support volunteer activities below for more info.
Peer Support can count towards volunteer hours you may need to do as part of your school work. It’s also a good chance to get some work experience to put on your resume and we’re always happy to provide job references for our volunteers.
With the support of Teen Talk you’ll also have a chance to continue learning and developing skills through special presentations. Plus we love to celebrate our successes with the occasional volunteer appreciation party.
Peer Support Volunteer Activities
- Resource Locker
- Do you like being the bearer of gifts? Then start a resource locker!
Fill your locker up with pamphlets, information, Band-Aids and condoms and hand them out to people in need.
What you need:
- Permission from school administration, like the guidance counselor or principal.
- A locker in your school.
- At least 1 trained Peer Supporter in the school to run the locker.
What we can do:
- Send a letter to your school administration if you are having trouble getting permission to have a locker in your school.
- Give you supplies during the year to keep your locker stocked.
Supplies for the locker include:
- band aids
- tampons and pads
- condoms and lube
- lots of great zines and handouts
- a Peer Support Manual
If you are a Peer Support volunteer and would like to start a resource locker in your school, contact Peer Support @ (204) 784-4010 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Do you have a creative funky bend to you? Then help us create a zine!
A zine is a little publication filled with youth artwork, poetry, stories and information about a specific topic. We already have zines about Body Image, Substance Use, Mental Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Relationships. These zines get distributed to hundreds of youth across the province of Manitoba through Teen Talk, are given to Peer Supporters to hand out, and are kept in-stock in Peer Support Resource Lockers.
Click here to check out our peer support zines!
Let us know if you want to be involved in creating this year’s zine or if you have anything to contribute by emailing email@example.com or calling (204) 784-4010.
- Activist Days
- Do you love to march and parade?
Come join us as we do things like march against violence, dance on the streets to promote Pride or walk to raise awareness for HIV.
- Volunteer Appreciation Parties
- That’s right! We love to celebrate our Peer Support Volunteers.
Twice a year Teen Talk has special events just for Peer Supporters. During the last week of school in December we have a huge holiday party where we play funny games, eat a lot of awesome food, sometimes have karaoke, and have gifts for everyone. At the end of the school year we like to celebrate Peer Supporters again, this means more gifts, more games, more food and more party! These are also awesome opportunities to meet up with Peer Supporters from other trainings and other areas of the city.
The Skitz program also has its own wrap-up party at the end of the school year, to thank Skitz volunteers for all their hard work.
Peer Support Volunteers Rule!
- Bathroom Betty & Johnny
- Do you love to educate others in public washrooms?
Bathroom Betty and Johnny may be just up your alley. Set up a program in your school.
Bathroom Betty and Johnny (BBJ) is a program run by Peer Supports in their schools. Basically you put up blank question sheets in bathrooms, wait for questions to get written down, then take those questions and answer them, either on your own, with help from our Hot Topics section , assistance from Guidance staff or a public health nurse, or you could even send us the questions to answer for you.
Naturally youth have questions about sex, sexuality, and all that other stuff, but they don’t always want to go up to a Peer Supporter for information. BBJ is your chance to reach more students with information that they want or need.
Need help getting the school on board? Send them to the “Tool Kit” in Resources for Service Providers for all the info they need.
Click here for a few examples of Bathroom Betty & Johnny questions.
- Doin' Your Own Thing
- Can’t commit to one of our programs? No time for on-going volunteer work? That’s cool, you can do something on your own, with Peer Supporters in your school or with friends.