This project serves a minimum of 200 Rockdale County high school students and community youth, both male and female, aged 14-19 over the live of the grant (200 participants annually). The PEER project targets those students that are most at risk for involvement in risky behavior, including those from the most impoverished communities such as students with histories of academic failure, skipping school, disciplinary issues and students residing in group homes and foster care systems.
The foundational services will be the implementation of WAIT Training, a promising program, as identified by the HHS Abstinence Evaluation Conference. This curriculum has also been reviewed and approved by the local sexual education committee and parents for use within the Rockdale County public school system and will provide the basis for the lessons taught as part of the PEER project. WAIT training is a dynamic, interactive curriculum that provides essential information for students to make healthy choices in their relationships. This practical and affirming program addresses sexual pressures currently confronting young people and is the ideal complement to the Georgia Department of Education performance standards .