On Wednesday, February 17th, College Bound hosted its annual Safe Sex Workshop at the Cesar Chavez-Capitol Hill Campus. This year’s workshop featured student volunteers from the Howard University Peer Health Educators (HU PEERS) group. HU PEERS is comprised of trained Howard University undergraduate students who discuss various health related topics, especially those that are pertinent to youth.
The Howard University students provided separate workshops for 8th-9th grade students and 10th-12th-grade students. The younger students discussed peer pressure, healthy relationships and how to make healthy decisions. They had the opportunity to ask the facilitator about health, social media and college social life. The older students discussed HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), and pregnancy prevention. The university students provided our students with an engaging, thought-provoking exercise that reviewed the basics of safe sex supplies, approaches to preventing STI and HIV transmission, and explored why students choose to have unsafe sex. This session is held annually to provide students with the necessary information and tools to navigate their social life and make the best decisions for their lives.