CAE Peer Educators


Some of CAE’s Peer Educators at the Prom You Always Wanted in April 2016!

“The importance of being of service to others is one of the main things I’ve learned as a teacher. I always enjoy learning from the others girls and teens that I teach.”

– a CAE Peer Educator

“It was awesome the way you had young people doing the trainings. It is very important for me to see peers in leadership roles.”

– youth student

“It’s great to see students realize that they have a lot more potential than they think they do. In the same way, CAE helped me build leadership skills and showed me that I know this material a lot better than I thought I did.”

– a CAE Peer Educator


After six months as PACT students, teens who train at CAE are eligible to join our Peer Educators group.

Along with adult instructors, these specially-trained Peer Educators take their violence prevention skills and analytical tools into the community, developing and leading workshops for young people in schools and youth centers. Our paid Peer Educators build their leadership and teaching skills, while serving as important role models for young people. They can continue their training to become Assistant Instructors over time.

Peer educators help teach other young people self-defense in our 5-week self-defense classes for teens, and throughout New York City in schools, community centers, foster care agencies, and other organizations that work with youth.

Peer Eds & Frida MoMA field trip

Peer Educators with Jewel & Robin at the MoMA in front of a Frida Kahlo portrait!