Y-PEER Trainings and Workshops


    The Peer Education Training and Research Institute (PETRI-Sofia) is a regional resource center and knowledge hub for development of youth policies and spreading of good quality sexual and reproductive health education and services for young people, with specific focus on addressing the needs of vulnerable and most-at-risk young people. PETRI-Sofia was established at 2007 through a partnership between the National Center for Public Health and Analyses and UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (EECARO).

    PETRI Sofia is a unique center which aims to improve sexual and reproductive health of young people in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Its mission is to contribute to increasing capacities in the region in the development and implementation of effective, sustainable and context-specific youth policies, as well as to strengthening education and services in the field of youth sexual and reproductive health. The center is committed to helping countries – national institutions, professional groups, NGOs and young people by providing innovative training programs and technical assistance, as well as by developing partnerships and collaborative networks that bring together a wide range of expertise in the field. PETRI acts also as a facilitator for accumulating and exchanging knowledge and know-how, mobilizing and sharing resources.

PETRI's main goal is to build and maintain a regional network of organizations and individuals who implement and design high quality life skills based and peer education programs for successful improvement of youth knowledge attitude and skills about sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention. For the last two years PETRI receive support for its activities from the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The different trainings that PETRI-Sofia organizes on a regular basis are:

1. Project Development and Management (PDM)
The main aims of this training are:
  • Build skills needed for successfully designing project proposals related to peer education for SHR promotion and HIV prevention in developing countries;
  • Build competence to use basics project designing methods for SRH promotion and HIV prevention in developing countries;
  • Gain a firsthand insight into how a project proposal is developed from start to finish
  • Work on problem statements and determine the goal and objectives based on those problems;
  • Understand the project cycle and the role of needs assessment, including literature review;
  • Understand the logic model;
  • Define monitoring and evaluation processes and indicators and develop M&E network of the project;
  • Understand budgeting and develop adequate budget.
Main topics covered:

- Identifying problems; Assessing needs and conducting literature review; Target audiences/groups; Goals and Objectives; Networking with stakeholders; Logic Model overview; Monitoring and evaluation; Budgeting and Budget

2. Training of Trainers module (TOT)
The main aims of this training are:
  • Better understand the concept of skills-based health education and related peer-led health education methodologies;
  • Learn methodologies to acquire and share accurate information about RH and sexual health issues, including HIV and AIDS;
  • Discuss own attitudes and values regarding SRH, including HIV and AIDS, as well as gender, and other health and social issues;
  • Develop interpersonal and group communication skills;
  • Acquire the skills to facilitate a range of interactive methodologies used in the training of peer educators;
  • Acquire basic knowledge in peer education programme development;
  • Better understand stigma and other risk factors which increase young people’s vulnerability;
  • To promote positive attitudes that increase participants’ abilities to work as partners with both young people and adults;
  • Learn about Y-PEER Network, its structure, elements, tools and resources as well as new roles as Y-PEER Focal Points;
  • To understand and examine the different components of peer education programmes, and know how to recognize gaps as well as compliance of those to the already established Y-PEER standards of practice in peer education;
  • Be able to rise and implement ideas and to promote youth participation and leadership in addressing young people needs.
Main topics covered:

- New interactive methods of education; Role play; Techniques for sharing information; exploring values and attitudes; Team building and trust building; Recruitment and retention of peer educators.

3. Theatre Based Techniques (TBT) in Peer Education for Roma Communities
The main aims of this training are:
  • Build the capacities and skills of national institutions and young peer educators to deliver high quality training in the area of theater based peer education, for/with Roma youth, with a focus on their SHRH;
  • Build the following skills: facilitation and practice of leading targeted theater games and exercises; crafting of relevant theater-based educational objectives and messages; crafting, rehearsal and performance of engaging scenarios based on this messaging; design, rehearsal and execution of in-character, facilitated post-performance discussion (both in facilitator and actor roles);
  • Provide information and knowledge about health issues related to the Roma community;
  • Development of the Technical Network of institutions and individuals providing high quality TBPE training and assistance;
  • Focus on the basic problems of Roma youth regarding their sexual and reproductive health and create support evidence for addressing them;
  • Motivating participants to organize similar trainings back home, engaging colleagues to use TBPE techniques in their work;
  • Transferring TBPE methodology to Roma youth themselves.
Main topics to be covered:

- Facilitation and practice of leading targeted theater games and exercises; The crafting of relevant theater-based educational objectives and messages; The crafting, rehearsal and performance of engaging scenarios based on this messaging; The design, rehearsal and execution of in-character, facilitated post-performance discussion (both in facilitator and actor roles); Deepen and reinforce information and knowledge gained in initial training about health issues related to the Roma community; Advice and technical assistance to participants as they continue to develop theater-based outreach programming, as well as provide an opportunity for reporting about progress to date; Training in facilitation and in-character Q and A.
4. Fundraising
The main aim of this training is:

  • To strengthen the capacity of the Y-PEER network and other youth organizations on fundraising.
Main topics to be covered:

- The role fundraising for the civil organizations; Existing platforms for fundraising and volunteers recruitment; Techniques and mechanisms for fundraising; Corporate and individual donors; Motivation of volunteers; Campaign organization; Long-term relations with donors; Organization and communication of charity campaigns and events.

5. Advocacy
The main aims of this training are:
  • Provide an overview of the basic principles of advocacy and how those can be implemented at a local and national level in the context of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • Identify the strategies to address youth challenges and develop skills related to effective messaging and lobbying;
  • Practice innovative approaches for community education and mobilization;
  • Incorporate youth-adult partnership principle into advocacy work;
  • Be able to rise and implement ideas and to promote youth participation and leadership in addressing young people's needs.

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