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PEPS prepares and supports leaders by providing specialized training, ongoing mentorship, and access to supplemental resources.

Volunteering for PEPS gives me a chance to listen, observe and appreciate babies and new families and I am very grateful for the opportunity to give back.  Mary-lynn, PEPS Group Leader


Group Leader Training

Volunteers attend one 4-hour training session. Trainings explain the structure of a PEPS meeting and provide practice with active listening, group dynamics, meeting planning, and discussion facilitation. You'll learn new skills and get prepared to lead a group, whether you are an experienced facilitator or new to the experience. Trainings are lead by PEPS staff.

Participating in a Leader Training is also a great way to learn more about leading a PEPS group if you'd like a better idea of the role before you commit.

Upcoming Training Dates

Our trainings are held at several locations in the greater Seattle area, and the next few are:

  • April 19, Thursday, West Seattle (Fauntleroy YMCA), 5:30 – 9:30 pm
  • May 17, Thursday, Edmonds (CC), 5:30 – 9:30 pm
  • May 3, Thursday, Redmond (Together Center), 5:30 – 9:30 pm

Please RSVP to Cate Palmer to sign up for a training. Volunteers need only attend once.

Refresher Trainings for Experienced Group Leaders

We now offer a quick 2-hour refresher training for experience facilitators who last trained before 1/1/2016 and are starting their groups in 2018 and beyond (location is the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford, unless noted).

  • May 5, Saturday, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • July 16, Monday,  9:30 – 11:30 am, West Seattle (Fauntleroy YMCA)
  • September 8, Saturday, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • November 3, Saturday, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Please RSVP to Cate Palmer to sign up for a refresher.

Leader Manual

Each leader receives a handbook that provides detailed information and all the tools you'll need to plan meetings, guide discussions and support new parents.

Support and Mentorship

PEPS staff will be available throughout your group to answer questions, provide suggestions, and help you navigate sensitive situations. We can also connect you with an experienced leader mentor.

Additional Facilitation Skills Training

Additional facilitation skills training is available to group leaders four times a year. Availability and dates for the training will be provided at the Group Leader Training.

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