The You, Me and Us peer education model is informed by research that suggests young people are more likely to identify their peers as shaping and influencing their choices, beliefs and actions, and therefore young people play an important role in respectful relationships education. The project is designed to have a significant and lasting community impact through supporting and mentoring peer educators to become youth ambassadors contributing to the prevention of violence against women. You, Me and Us demonstrated that young women involved in the project became confident facilitators of respectful relationships education, youth ambassadors for gender-equitable respectful relationships and youth leaders within their communities.
Peer educator training
The project delivers four peer educator trainings over the year. Recruitment and training of peer educators should be staggered to ensure there is always a pool of trained peer educators to co-facilitate sessions and engage with the project.
Peer educator training session outline: session 1
- Create strong interpersonal relationships between the peer educators
- Prepare the young women to speak in public
Peer educator training session outline: session 2
- Increase knowledge and skills in respectful relationships and violence against women
Peer educator training session outline: session 3
- Provide a rationale for the You, Me and Us project
- Provide knowledge and skills in respectful, gender-equitable relationships
Peer educator training session outline: session 4
- Transfer ownership of the You, Me and Us project to the young women by planning and making changes to the respectful relationships session outline
- Increase participants’ confidence to respond to victims/survivors of violence by providing clear information about the law and appropriate referral pathways
- Maximise the benefit of new knowledge participants’ have learnt from the training via extensive reflection