Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in becoming a parent educator? Learn how you can get involved, possibly even at your child's school.
What kids say

"Thank you for teaching me to say no and still keep my friends." - PEP CHAMPS student

"It changed my mind a lot. I now never want to smoke." - PEP Teens Nix Tobacco student

Please contact us for specific sites. We work in more than 30 public, private and parochial schools in many districts, including:

  • Castro Valley Unified School District
  • John Swett Unified School District
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District
  • Piedmont Unified School District


Terri Biondi
Program Coordinator
925.687.8844 ext. 246


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I Am a Lifesaver
Parent Educator Program
Helping Children Learn Healthy Choices

A lifetime of healthy choices begins with healthy behaviors and skills learned in childhood. CHD's volunteer team of parent educators stands up for safe and healthy children, teaching them to be resilient to the pressures and dangers of using tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

How does it work?

PEP's Tribes group process promotes resiliency and healthy life choices in children so they can reduce the likelihood of using and abusing harmful substances in later years. The program has an explicit "no use" message with an interactive format that engages children to learn resistance skills, self-esteem and responsible decision-making.

Other programs include:

  • PEP CHAMPS, a tobacco use prevention peer leadership program for grades 4 and 5.
  • TNT (Teens Nix Tobacco), an anti-tobacco after-school program for middle schools.

Why parent educators?

Parents are positive role models. Research shows that "... it is more effective for well-trained parents to teach drug education curricula in kindergarten through grade six... than it is for teachers or outside authorities to do so." (Not Schools Alone, California Department of Education).

Center for Human Development, 901 Sunvalley Blvd., Suite 220, Concord, CA 94520, 925.687.8844