Why I love being a Peer Educator
As a Peer Educator Laura helps girls discuss challenging issues and develops new skills herself
When I first heard about peer education, I thought it would be a great way to improve my leadership skills and also train in a specialism that I could share with lots of girls.
I loved that Free Being Me was a global project which I could see being run around the world.
The skills I've learned as a Peer Educator have definitely benefited my Brownie unit. I also feel more confident.
Running Free Being Me sessions
Once I'd completed my training, I was given a list of local leaders who wanted to book a Free Being Me session and I emailed everyone with my availability. Very quickly I heard back and started booking groups in.
I bring along all the resources I need, and plan activities for groups of different sizes. The skills I've learned as a Peer Educator have definitely benefited my Brownie unit, especially when we have discussions, which are a big part of the Free Being Me programme.
I feel more confident now
I also feel more confident speaking to new people, whether it's Leaders or large groups of Brownies and Guides - I didn't expect it to become as easy as it has felt recently. The most rewarding thing about being a Peer Educator is hearing the girls speak out about Free Being Me. I love hearing the wonderful responses and poems the groups come up with.
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