At the foundation of Teen PEP's success is a two-year program planning and implementation model, with the first year focused on preparing for implementation and the second year focused on effective implementation. The program model incorporates upfront planning and preparation prior to implementation, on-site consultation, stakeholders development, intensive training for program advisors, an evidenced-based curriculum, and support during program implementation.
The program model also includes Teen PEP´s core program elements, which are the defining features of the program and those that ensure its success and effectiveness. Teen PEP´s eight core program elements are:
The following provides a detailed description of the two year program model:
Year One: Planning and Preparing for Program Implementation
Year Two: Effective Program Implementation
The first year of the program model, or "Planning Year," lays the foundation for the program and supports the institutionalization of Teen PEP. For schools, the Planning Year generally begins in September following a school's acceptance into the network. During this year, much emphasis is placed on developing a team of takeholders comprised of individuals within the school and community who are committed to the success of the program. Stakeholders work together to secure the necessary approvals, incorporate the Teen PEP course into the school day, anticipate and problem-solve obstacles, and select and support the two to three individuals who will comprise the faculty advisor team and train Teen PEP peer educators.
During this year, program advisors participate in a total of six days of intensive training to prepare them to team-teach the Teen PEP course and to identify and recruit a representative group of peer educators to enroll in the course.
During this initial year, the Teen PEP team provides the following services to Teen PEP sites:
During the second program year, or "First Implementation Year," selected peer educators are enrolled in the Teen PEP course. The First Implementation Year generally begins the September following the Planning Year. The Teen PEP course meets daily (or the equivalent) throughout the school year and is team-taught by program advisors who use the structured 16-unit Teen PEP Course Curriculum. Peer educators earn credit toward their graduation requirements and conduct a series of structured outreach workshops with younger peers. In addition, peer educators conduct workshops with parents, school educators, and other groups in and outside of regular school hours.
During the first implementation year, the Teen PEP team provides the following services to Teen PEP sites:
The ultimate goal of the two-year program model is to create a solid foundation which will ensure that Teen PEP is a sustainable program. During the first two years, sites are provided with tailored training and resources that build the capacity of stakeholders to continue implementing Teen PEP year after year. The Teen PEP team is committed to providing on-going training, consultation, and program evaluation. Services beyond the program start-up period include: