Terra offers two youth leadership programs:

  • Peers Education Peers Program 
  • Ambassadors Program

Peers Educating Peers (PEP)

The Peers Educating Peers Program is an interactive presentation developed for junior and senior high schools, and any other interested audiences. A Terra facilitator and one or more Terra participants deliver the presentation. Terra participants who choose to be involved in PEP are trained in public speaking and coached in telling their story so they can help their peers learn from their personal teen parenting experience. The presentation demonstrates the realities and challenges of being a teen parent.

Presentation topics include:

  • Media representation of teen parents
  • Sexual habits and why contraception is important
  • Financial difficulties faced by young parents
  • How the relationship with a significant other is impacted by a child
  • Social life (before/after baby)
  • Family dynamics

The PEP Program is an excellent tool in preventative education. Our goal is to share the realities of being a young parent with Grade 7 – 12 students, so they can make informed decisions when it comes to sexual health. The program also empowers young parents by providing them with a platform to share their stories and reduce the stigma surrounding teen pregnancy.

We make it a priority to be well-informed about sexual health. We research and connect with professionals within the community to ensure we’re sharing the most accurate information. The program is formatted to include all communities and genders, including those who identify as LGBTQQ2SA.

Youth Leadership Facilitator Holly and Terra participant Marissa (and her son!) presenting at a high school in Edmonton.

If you are interested in having Terra’s PEP program present at your school or to any group of Grade 7-12 students that you work with, please contact 
Holly Strang at hstrang@terracentre.ca or 780-263-2355.

Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program is a voluntary youth leadership program offered at Braemar School and is open to all Braemar students. The program is delivered by the Terra Youth Leadership Facilitator and supports young moms in gaining confidence and building strong, healthy relationships with their peers and partners. It also promotes an awareness of community and creates opportunities to give back and change the negative perceptions of teen parents.

Participants in the Ambassador Program are offered training in public speaking, networking and media relations and are encouraged to volunteer in the community throughout the year. Students in this program have the opportunity to speak at both agency and external community events.

Through this leadership program, students have volunteered to prepare meals for the homeless at Bissell Centre, represented Terra at major events, attended educational retreats and thanked donors with personalized phone calls.

Terra believes greatly in the value of increasing the network of social support for our young parents and developing effective skills in communication, problem solving and community citizenship. The Ambassador Program strives to promote this through new experiences and group teachings.

To learn more, please contact Holly Strang at hstrang@terracentre.ca or 780-263-2355.

Ambassadors at the 2017 Promising Futures breakfast.