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UNFPA/YouthNet Youth Peer Education Toolkit: Two New Tools

Standards for Peer Education Programs provides a framework of
essential components for any peer education program, as well as tips
and examples from around the world. It includes a description of 52
recommended standards from five categories (planning, recruitment and
retention, training and supervision, management and oversight, and
monitoring and evaluation). This tool is organized to be user-friendly
for various readers and purposes, and includes a booklet and a
four-page version for managers to take with them on site visits.

Theatre-Based Techniques for Youth Peer Education: A Training Manual
is intended for program managers and youth peer educators who are
interested in adding a theater component to their reproductive health
and HIV prevention activities or in strengthening a theater component
that is already part of a program. It contains four peer theater
training workshops, a series of theater games and exercises that can be
used in trainings, and information on developing and building a peer theater program.

Both of these tools resulted from a collaboration between the United
Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Family Health International. They
were produced for the Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER), a project
coordinated by UNFPA. To view the Standards for Peer Education Programs
and Theatre-Based Techniques for Youth Peer Education, please visit To request a printed copy, please send your name, organization, and complete mailing address to

Y-PEER (Youth Peer Education Network) has worked since 2001 to increase
the capacity of local and national NGOs to implement high-quality peer
education programs promoting HIV risk reduction behavior among
adolescents in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East, North
Africa, and East Africa. It is coordinated by the United Nations
Population Fund, with FHI/YouthNet, UNAIDS, and other partners.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international
development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and
child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports
countries in using population data for policies and programs to reduce
poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is
safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman
is treated with dignity and respect.

YouthNet is a five-year program funded by the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) to improve reproductive health and
prevent HIV among young people. The YouthNet team is led by Family
Health International (FHI) and includes CARE USA and RTI International.