Founded by Dr. John Sherry, a psychologist at the NJCU Counseling Center, the Peers Educating Peers Program began in January 1995 as a volunteer group of four. As its reputation grew, so did its size, and fairly soon, the Peer Educators (fondly known as "The Peppers") were being asked to present not only on campus, but also at local elementary and secondary schools, at other colleges and universities, at social service agencies, and at national conferences.
The premise of the PEP program is that people are more likely to hear a message if the messenger is a peer who has similar concerns and pressures. Through presentations and information tables, PEP seeks to shift perspectives, challenge social norms, and prevent high-risk behaviors among urban youth. However, at the same time, our Peer Educators benefit from the program themselves by receiving mentoring, support and skill development that helps students achieve academic success and career success beyond graduation.
The Peers Educating Peers Program at New Jersey City University is a student group that provides interactive prevention programming to the campus and Hudson County communities on a variety of social, health and mental health issues such as substance abuse, sexually transmitted infections, domestic violence, emotional well-being, and conflict mediation.
Students who join PEP have the opportunity to:
develop a variety of professional and interpersonal skills
find personal and academic support and a "home away from home"on campus
travel to and present at conferences and meet people from all over the country
participate in personal growth groups and retreats
start building a resume BEFORE graduation
Gilligan Student Union - Room 327
Phone: (201) 200-3166
Fax: (201) 200-2558
JOIN US during the Fall and Spring semesters on Wednesdays from 3 - 5 pm in GSU Room 312
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Want to become a Peer Educator with NJCU's PEP program? To become one of the Peppers, you will need the following: