Youth Education

Finger Lakes Community Health recognizes the value of patient education in its efforts to promote healthy lifestyles.  Medical care by itself is not sufficient to ensure the ability of patients to participate effectively in their own healthcare.  We offer a number of patient education opportunities.


Who should come?

Middle school and high school youth and young adults.

The R.E.A.L. Program supports and promotes respect for self, family, and the community.  The mission and message of R.E.A.L. is to empower youth to make healthy decisions and to be Responsible for Every Action in Life!  The R.E.A.L. program not only focuses on teaching students comprehensive sex education, it focuses on the basics of building healthy youth.  The program starts with lessons of goal setting, self-esteem, healthy relationships, refusal skills, and boundaries and builds to lessons about sexuality, teen pregnancy prevention, contraceptive choices, and STD prevention.  After completing R.E.A.L., students should feel that they have appropriate knowledge to make healthy and positive life choices.


The entire program includes 12 sessions but can be modified to include 2 to 6 sessions.

R.E.A.L. Peer Education Program  

Who should come?

High school youth.

The R.E.A.L. Program has a Peer Education component that was created to provide a forum for high school youth with an interest in teen pregnancy prevention to step out as leaders in their schools and communities. The Peer Education program empowers and educates these young people to empower and educate their peers. After completing the training, the Peer Educators take part in school activities, including fairs, assemblies, awareness campaigns, and educating their peers in health classes.




One-week training, held during the summer. Activities happen year-round.