Teens teaching teens.
The REC hires teens ages 14-18 to teach, lead workshops and activities, mentor other REC Roomers, and represent our organization in the community.
This means students get important information about health, relationships, life skills, and resources from their peers. Peer education helps increase knowledge and positive experiences for teens, plus, it means the REC Room and KBFPC stay relevant to what young people in our community want and need.
What's a Peer Educator?
REC Peer Educators get paid to meet regularly as a team with the Peer Education Coordinator. They become experts on positive youth development, sexual health and wellness, and more. Trained Peer Eds co-teach our comprehensive, resiliency-based sexual health classes alongside program staff. Job perks include cool learning opportunities and creative projects, and getting to hang out with a seriously fun group of people.
What's a Peer Mentor?
Peer Mentors work with the REC Room Coordinator to master leadership and planning skills. They get paid to lead activities, support other teens, and keep things running smoothly. Peer Mentors help give teens ownership over the REC space and culture and make sure it’s welcoming and inclusive for all.
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Want to apply?
If this sounds like a role for you, or a teen you know, please apply or share the news!
We accept inquiries and applications at any time from any local youth (recommended for 9th grade and up.)
Meet Our Youth Staff
Esmé • Peer Educator
Esmé was born in Anchorage and moved to Homer in 2016 and has been living their best life ever since. An aspiring artist and cartoonist, they plan to get a job in the massage industry to help pay for some fancy graphic design school. They dream of eventually making an animated series. Esmé enjoys drawing comics, designing D&D adventures and playing video games in their spare time.
Esmé applied to be a Peer Educator to help educate their fellow students on how to be safe and informed regarding puberty, relationships and sex. As a part of the LGBTQ+ community, they wish to bring understanding and acceptance to the community of Homer.
Mika • Peer Educator
Mika was born at a very young age and is now a sophomore at Homer Flex High School. They are a local forest cryptid with big dreams of becoming a clownboy, they say yee-honk and ride around on circus horses. Mika is gay gay homosexual gay and has no idea what’s going on at any given moment. No brain. Head empty. They have none gender and will accept any pronouns. No thoughts, head empty, brain scrambled egg. There is no past, do not ask. They work at the REC Room because it is socially acceptable to say penis and laugh.
bea • Peer Educator
Bea is 17 years old, a senior at Homer Flex, and this is her first year as a Peer Educator. She loves her local community very much, but she hopes this is her last year in the state so she can travel and hopefully find a cool city, interesting people, and a pet-friendly apartment in her future. They hope to study forensic science in college, but for now she practices by dissecting and preserving roadkill. The only things they love more than dead stuff is music (especially the Pixies), true crime, fashion, her friends, and her cat, Cece.
She decided to become a Peer Educator because she loved the people and vibes at the REC Room and thought it would be a fantastic place to work! She’s passionate about enacting change in her community to make it safer and more accepting for generations to come.