Foundation Trains Students to Educate Each Other About Breast Health

Teacher Paula Boyd (far left) with the BBS (Being Breast Smart) Club at Edward R. Murrow High School

Teacher Paula Boyd (far left) with the Peer Education Program at Edward R. Murrow High School

Who says students can’t be teachers?

At the Peer Education Program at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY, students are the only teachers.

Peer Education Programs, a unique initiative of the Maurer Foundation, are student-run clubs, led by a school staff member that help students teach breast health education to their peers. The Foundation offers a two-week training course for students during or after school.  Equipped with the latest breast health knowledge, Peer Education Program members are ready to empower their classmates, community, and school, with proven methods of early detection, risk reduction and healthy lifestyle choices.

Susan Simon, Maurer Foundation educator explained the concept: “We know that young people often respond more effectively to peers than to adults.”

Along with Breast Health Programs, the Foundation’s traditional in-school breast health seminars, Peer Education Programs are part of the Maurer Foundation’s initiative to teach young people about healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices early in life, when enduring habits are formed.

“We love the program at our school,” says Paula Boyd, a health teacher and supervisor of the Peer Education Program at Edward R. Murrow High School.  “After leaving this club, many of our students have gone on to teach about breast cancer in their colleges and communities.”

Want the Maurer Foundation to help you start a Peer Education Program at your school? Request a breast health program today.