providers and Teens Communicating for Health
PATCH (Providers and Teens Communicating for Health) is an innovative, youth-driven program working to ensure all youth are able to receive high-quality, youth-friendly healthcare services.
We hire youth (ages 15 to 19) and train them as Teen Educators. As Teen Educators, they lead PATCH workshops and share their authentic youth experiences, concerns and preferences. We believe THEY are best equipped to provide this insight.
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As a Teen Educator, you will work with other teens and adults to improve your community.
You will be asked to do the following:
You are encouraged to apply if you:
• Maintaining strong communication
via email and in person
• Attending all meetings and events on time
• Demonstrating dedication to the work
You will automatically be a part of HOPE Buffalo: The Pledge for Healthy Teens and you will gain valuable leadership and advocacy experience, become more familiar with important health topics that impact teens, develop communication and presentation skills, and so much more.
Being a PATCH for HOPE Buffalo Teen Educator is an impressive accomplishment to include on college applications and job résumés.
You will also be compensated for your time. You will receive $100 in VISA gift cards upon completion of the required five-day training, and a $25 VISA gift card for attending enrichment meetings and facilitating workshops. Your work hours vary, depending on how many healthcare providers and/or teen workshops you will be facilitating (approximately 2 to 10 hours each month).
HOPE Buffalo is the community-wide pledge for teen health—a youth and community-led collaborative of diverse stakeholders, teens and adults, working together to promote equitable access to high-quality and comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive health services.
We believe that teens have the right to grow into the adults they want to be—whatever that means for them. We respect their right to make their own decisions and set their own goals about their health and future. And we will support them with an open door, an open ear, an open mind, and an open heart.
PATCH stands for Providers and Teens Communicating for Health. We believe that for YOU (and other teens) to be your healthiest, you should be able to have open and honest conversations with a trusted healthcare provider. But for many, this often isn’t the case. That’s why PATCH for HOPE Buffalo exists! We want to make sure that ALL youth are able to get the healthcare they need and deserve.
As a returning Teen Educator, we will still rely on you to share what you know about being a teen, like:
And, you will also be:
To re-apply for a position as a PATCH for HOPE Buffalo Teen Educator, this application must be completely filled out and submitted by September 14. You will receive a confirmation email once your form has been successfully submitted.
As a member of the Buffalo community, I commit to the aspirations of the HOPE Buffalo initiative to help our teens grow into the adults they want to be. Collectively, we can build a promising future for the City of Buffalo!
640 Ellicott St, Suite 476 Buffalo, NY 14203
This publication was made possible by Grant number 6 TP1AH000106-03-01 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.
CAI in partnership with the Erie County Department of Health received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) to focus on improving the lives and opportunities for adolescents by facilitating and resourcing a community-driven response to reduce teen pregnancy in nine selected zip codes in Buffalo.
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