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The GCAPP Peer Education and Encouragement to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy (PEER UP) Program is an effort funded by the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation to collaborate with faculty and 18 – 24 year old students at the Georgia State University Perimeter College Clarkston campus with the long-term outcome of improving graduation rates by increasing their knowledge, awareness, and behavioral intentions related to unintended pregnancy prevention among students of this age group. PEER UP creates a cycle of learning to help reduce risky behavior while enhancing students' knowledge of contraceptive choices, clinical resources, and achieve academic success and reduce unintended barriers to college completion. PEER UP is a multi-faceted program that involves faculty, peer educator students and the general student population.
In collaboration with GCAPP, faculty at GSUPC encourage students to complete online courses designed by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unintended Pregnancy specifically for community college students. The three lessons in Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College can help students address sexual health information gaps and take action to prevent unplanned pregnancy. The lessons are designed to help students understand the impact of unplanned pregnancy on their educational goals, their social lives, their significant relationships, and their finances. Students learn about various birth control methods; select the most appropriate method(s) for their values, lifestyles, and relationships; and create an action plan to decrease their chances of unplanned pregnancy.
In addition, PEER UP recruits male and female student peer educators who promote campus, community, and online resources, encourage utilization of low-cost health services and educate students in making healthy decisions to prevent unintended pregnancy and STD transmission. PEER UP peer educators reach Georgia State University Perimeter College students through social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter to share campus and local resources, as well as through campus-wide activities. Peer educators, trained on contraceptives, STD transmission, and reproductive health legislation, serve as ambassadors and leaders at the college who share knowledge and provide resources to their peers.
For more information about PEER UP contact Phillip Oliver at 404-475-6060.