Peer Advocates for Safer Sex (PASS)

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What is PASS?

Iowa has been chosen to receive an innovative grant to pilot the Peer Advocates for Safer Sex (PASS) Project. It will help install seamless programming around pregnancy and STD prevention, sex education, consent, and sexual assault prevention by training resident assistants (RAs) to serve as sexual health educators to their peers. This is a pilot for a national movement.

Why train RAs?

Resident Assistants have direct access to first year students and individuals in crisis. They also interact with students from many cultural backgrounds and those with little or no sexual health knowledge.

How can college students get involved?

College students can apply to join the Student Advisory Panel, and be a part of guiding this program and help to install this programming on college campuses in Iowa. Here is how it works.

To apply, fill out this PASS Application and email it along with a resume to

What are the long-term goals of the PASS Program?

  • Reduce the rates of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Empower campuses across Iowa with comprehensive, medically-based sex ed
  • Lead the nation in a movement to train RAs to serve as sex educators
  • Decrease the rates of sexual assault through prevention and consent education
  • Increase freshman retention rate
  • Educate students on birth control, condom use and access, LGBTQ needs and services, sexual assault prevention
  • Lower the cost spent each year due to unintended pregnancies and abortions

PASS is available for your college!

This program is available at no cost to schools. EyesOpenIowa staff can help you launch the program, provide training, and create protocol. Our dedicated team will provide continuing support and work
with you to tailor a plan that fits your campus best. If you would like further details on this, contact Kristin Fairholm.

Click here to see the PASS flyer.


Fact Sheet

Access your county's fact sheet or find a CAPP grantee or family planning clinic near you!