“Project Condom” was developed by the Peer Educators at Millersville University as a unique and catchy way to engage students in sexual health education.
The program received a national award at the NASPA/Bacchus National Conference in Denver in late 2017. NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession.
“Resembling the television show “Project Runway,” Project Condom involves student organizations developing and competing against one another to design and model the best outfit made out of condoms,” explains Jayme Trogus, director of the Center for Health Education and Promotion at MU.
“The objective of Project Condom is to educate students on contraception options focusing on the external condom, considering it is the most widely used form on our campus. The peer educators wanted to break the stigma of the “awkwardness” of talking about contraception to make more people aware and knowledgeable,” says Trogus.
Project Condom has been held the last two years in November. The award was for the original event in 2016.
At the event, the peers provide food, games, and trivia to engage students in additional educational experiences.
The 2016 event had 295 students in attendance. Based on the 2016 response, the students decided to hold the program again in 2017 and hope to keep this as an annual education event.