Teen Peer Educators
Focus employs a staff of Teen Peer Educators, high school students who are committed to living a drug free lifestyle. The Teen Peer Coordinator and Focus staff trains these young people in the arena of ATODA education as well as facilitation techniques for encouraging a youth culture to value healthy lifestyles. They work with youth as mentors, role models and facilitators and work to promote healthy lifestyles in the community and work to prevent substance abuse through a variety of youth and family programs.The Teen Peers work in all of Focus’ youth serving programs. Teen Peers are positive role models at their respective schools and in the community.
Teen Peer Programs include:
Transition, a program helping 5th graders make the shift from grade school to middle school
Reality Circles, helping teach groups of people about diversity and acceptance.
Be the Change, a program designed to help middle school students improve their grades and social skills as they progress through middle school.
Smart and Healthy Kids, a program to help kids learn new athletic skills, healthy eating habits and social skills and work with dedicated mentors.
FAST, a family based program designed to help families develop closer parent to child bonds within their household.
FACT, Fight Against Corporate Tobacco. A program to fight against tobacco companies targeting youth.
We also participate in fun fairs, tobacco free youth and smoke free Wisconsin events.
A note from the Teen Peer Director:
Hello and thank you for considering the Teen Peer Educators Program. Focus has worked very hard for the past 18 years to create a fun and enriching program for teens in Racine and Racine County. To that end we now have a highly interactive and incredibly exciting group that not only helps in the community but connects with each other to create a healthy and friendly environment to work in.
The Teen Peer Educators range from Freshman to Seniors and represent nearly every high school in Racine and even a few throughout the county. This program will give you the opportunity to get involved helping youth and families alike. Some of the best parts include flexibility to fit your schedule, a variety of programs that can fit your interests, which range from art to sports, and the opportunity to get paid for your efforts. Need to build up your college application, then this is a great place to do it.
The only requirements are a positive attitude, an ability to work with youth and being willing to make the choice to live drug and alcohol free. I hope to see you soon!
Jason Meekma, Teen Peer Director
The Teen Peers are Proudly Funded by:
Listen to teen talk radio, a radio show hosted by Focus Teen Peers every Sunday from 8:30-8:45 on 1400AM WRJN. It is sure to entertain!
Francie McGuire Winkler:
(Focus on Community)
Paula Kuiper: (Miss Racine)
Sister Lois Aceto: (Prison Ministries)
Karen Fetherston: (Lutheran Social Services)
Racine County Youth Coalition
Racine Police Chief Howell
(Real Racine Special Events Director)
Mayor John Dickert
Greg Helding (Alderman)
(Case High School Directing Principal)
Jessica Schafer (Racine Art Museum)
Voices De La Frontera
Trevor Jung (Youth Political Advocate)
Kate Worning (Youth Organizer)
Angela Ress Apmann
(Directing Principal, Horlick High School)