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The Teen Health Promoters program of the Latin American Youth Center, trains high-school aged youth to be peer health educators and participate in paid clinical or educational internships with local clinics, hospitals, and school.

Participants will have the choice to apply to one of two tracks: the clinical internship track or the SWAT Peer Education track, as listed below.

Clinical Intern Track

For this track of THP, participants will build skills around many different health topics. During the second half the program, clinical interns will learn clinical skills (such as vital sign collection, CPR, and First Aid) and then will be placed in a clinic or hospital to work one day per week (continuing to attend health workshops one day a week as well).

Sexual Wellness Advocacy by Teens (SWAT) Peer Educator Track

For this track of THP, participants will build skills specifically around educating peers about sexual health topics. During the second half of the program, SWAT Peer Educators will assist an LAYC youth developer in planning and leading a weekly SWAT program for other youth at a local school or community site.

This program creates a welcoming environment for teen patients and students and exposes the teen health promoters to the health field. THP trains participants to become professionals in a clinical or health education settings, and to serve as role models in the community while gaining valuable experience.


  • Currently in the 9th-12th grade or in a GED program and 14 – 19 years old
  • Willing to make a year-long commitment from October-June (meeting two days a week from 4:30-6:30pm and some Saturdays)
  • Interested in a health career
  • Self-motivated and responsible
  • Positive role model
  • Positive attitude and desire to learn


  • Download and complete ALL application forms
  • 2 Short Essays--250 words each
  • Official School Transcript with GPA
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
  • Copy of Class Schedule
  • Interview (To be scheduled)

Participant Benefits:

  • Comprehensive Health Education
  • Paid internship with hands-on clinical or education experience
  • Health career exposure
  • Community service hours
  • Internship hours (with approval of school)
  • Leadership development and peer education
  • Snacks at all workshops
  • Transportation stipend available

Contact Information

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Youth Developer at (202) 319-2225 for details.

Download the Application


The Inter-American Development Bank-DC Solidarity Program supports LAYC's Teen Health Promoters. Please visit http://www.iadb.org/solidarityprogram for more information.



Last Updated on Friday, 07 August 2015 11:47