If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Zapata at szapata@nirhealth.org

TORCH is a paid peer education program that centers Black and Brown NYC youth. Our workshops combine sexual and reproductive health/rights/justice education and leadership training. Operating from a queer, feminist lens the program incorporates youth driven community action initiatives and fosters strong community partnerships to:

  • Provide knowledge and empowerment opportunities for young people to make informed choices;
  • Support the next generation of the sexual reproductive justice movement by fostering awareness and activism.
  • Offer accessible comprehensive sexuality education that is medically accurate and inclusive of various identities and experiences.
TORCH peer leaders undergo a summer training program, and in the fall, begin to share their knowledge with other teens by facilitating workshops around New York City.