Why I love being a Peer Educator

As a Peer Educator Laura helps girls discuss challenging issues and develops new skills herself

The skills I've learned as a Peer Educator have definitely benefited my Brownie unit. I also feel more confident.

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.

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.

Become a Peer Educator

Like Laura, you can empower girls to talk about the issues that matter to them, including body confidence and mental health.

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