Peer Education 2015-2016
This letter is to introduce Peer Education to those of you who are new advisers, and to remind all other advisers about the upcoming training and registration.
Peer Education is a State and National program that allows teens to educate their peers about relevant (teen) topics. It is an excellent way to publicize your FCCLA chapter and to encourage members to become involved. Members can work alone or in teams. The team concept is explained within this letter.
Iowa Peer Education has met or exceeded the goals that were set. Our main goal was to increase the number of members involved in Peer Education. Over the last three years we have more than doubled the number of members involved. We increased member involvement from 145 members two years ago to 300 members last year. I believe that the team approach to projects has been one of the greatest factors. I also feel that the State Officers have provided outstanding training at Fall Leadership. They have worked very hard to provide all team members with worthwhile projects ideas.
For those members who are not sure about being on a Peer Education team they may attend the training at Fall Leadership Rally and check out each of the teams before registering to be on a team. So encourage your members to attend Fall Leadership, and listen to the Peer Education Presentations.
The team concept:
○ Teams may be made up of 1, 2, 3 , 4 or 5 members.
■Public Relations team members from XYZ school
Team 1…..Susie Smith
Team 2…..Bill Smith, and Tom Brown
Team 3…..Jewel M., Mollie R. Kali G., Jessica P, and Kaylee H.
When working on and reporting projects, Susie will complete all three of her projects on her own. She is a team of one. Susie will turn in her three projects report forms without including anyone else from her school. Bill, and Tom will work together on all three projects, but when reporting or turning in their three projects, they will report as a team on the same report form…NOT three individual reports…..only one project report. Jewel, Mollie, Kali , Kaylee and Jessica will remain a team of four also for all three projects. Jewel (team 3) and Jane (team 2) will not switch teams they will remain working with their own team as they are registered.
Again this year the Peer Education State Officers will be holding a face-to-face training at the Fall Leadership Rally (FLR). This will be held Monday, October 5th at Iowa State University in the Scheman building. The cost for attending the Fall Leadership Rally is $40.00. Members attending may attend the Peer Education Trainings and then pick the team that they want to be a member of. Advisers will then register them online for the team. Chapters will then be invoiced for the registered Peer Education Team members. For peer education team members who are unable to attend FLR, the officers will be posting the training materials on the state FCCLA website www.iafccla.org under the “Programs Tab”. The materials are found in the Peer Education section. Registered team members/Advisers, and those wanting to know more about peer education may view the materials on the website. Any members wanting to be on a team after viewing the materials will need to contact Janet Mann for registration. All members will be charged only $5.00 for participating on a peer education team. ($5.00 covers the cost of certificates and team recognition pins). Members and advisers have the advantage of reviewing the training materials on the website at anytime during the year or they may contact the state officers with any questions.
All members or team of members who complete all 3 projects (1 project is a required project) and then the additional two projects by the designated due dates, will receive recognition at the State Leadership Conference (SLC). The key to success is completion of the 3 projects, on or before the designated due dates and meeting the team criteria. Each member who meets this criteria will receive a certificate and pin at the SLC. Advisers will be given the certificate and pin of those members who are unable to attend the SLC.
At the 2014 State Leadership Conference (SLC) the Peer Education State Officers conducted a survey during the meeting held for the peer education members. It was suggested to change the dates of project submission. The current submission dates for 2015-2016 will be Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Friday, January 15, 2016 and Friday, February 26, 2016. These dates will fit better with school holidays, and will allow more time for the State Officers to complete their team records before the SLC.
As the State Peer Education Coordinator I have been very impressed with the projects that have been completed by members from previous years. Peer Education is a way to get members involved at the local and state level. For those members who are involved in STAR Events, peer education projects can be used for STAR. For those members who are not competitive Peer Education is a perfect way for those members to build their leadership and communication skills. As you look at your chapter members, I am sure each adviser could recommend this state/national program to some of your their chapter members. If you are looking for a way to incorporate leadership skills into your curriculum….peer education projects can be used within the classroom or as an extension of the classroom.
As you read through these changes and need clarification, please do not hesitate to give me a call 712-433-1887 school phone, or 712-840-9856 cell.
Mrs. Janet Mann
Iowa FCCLA Peer Education Team Coordinator