Name: Sue Routson
Title: Executive Director
Organization: Peer Information Center for Teens, Inc.
Organization's mission statement: MISSION: HELPING OTHERS HELP THEMSELVES. GOAL:  To help teenagers make informed and responsible decisions about their own behavior.

1. A reduction in the number of unwanted teenage pregnancies.
2. A reduction in the incidence of teenage substance abuse.
3. A reduction in the frequency of early school dropout.
4.  A reduction in violence.


Email: SueRoutson at
Phone: (765) 914-7533

How many years have you worked in the field- serving youth?: 39

What is the minimum degree required for this job?: bachelor's degree

What is your educational background? (schools, degrees, certificates, etc.): Education:  M.S. Michigan State -- Microbiology/ Clinical Pathology
B.S. Purdue -- Mathematics/Biology with certifi-cation in teaching secondary math & biology

Extensive additional training:  experiential ed--GSUSA '76-'98; Training/Mgt of Non-Profit Bds of Dir/Parliamentary Procedure/Non-Profit Law-- Case Western/GSUSA '90; Grant Prop Writing trainer--IN Youth Institute '90; Trustee Ldrship Dev Non-Profit Bd Trainer '92; Planning Progs for Young Adoles/Living with 10-15 Year-Olds--Center for Early Adoles/Search Institute '92; Adv Conflict Mediator--Conflict Mgt, Inc./Harvard Negotiation Proj '92; GSUSA Goal Setting/ Strategic Planning '93; IN U Fund Raising Sch & GSUSA - fundraising for non-profits '93; 7 Habits of Highly Successful People '94; Effective Advocacy Strategy--Dr. Bill Lofquist '94; extensive cont. ed in subs abuse/intervention, interpersonal violence, STD's/STI's, HIV/AIDS, teen preg, Search Institute Assets, brain compatible/differentiated instruction, hostile/ resistant/disconnected teens, depression/suicide, death/grief; NYSU/GSUSA Experiential Ed for Adults '01; Protecting You Protecting Me NREPP substance abuse !
 prevention trainer '07- .

What are the three main roles/responsibilities that make up your current work?: Founder and creator of PICT. Teach, enhance, and supervise work of teen peer helpers in Nat. Assoc. of Peer Program Professionals Certified Peer Program. In service to over 5000 Wayne County, IN K-12 youth yearly.
Main roles:  Fundraising/grant proposal writing; teaching/training/supervising/enhancing skills of Peer Helpers; community networking.

What is the salary range and benfits for a position like yours?: Should be $45,000-50,000

What's something you're really passionate about?: the inherent value and goodness of teens and the competence and ability of trained teens to help each other.

What is your best piece of advice for those considering a career in youth work?: if your main goals involve lots of money and personal recognition, go into another field!

What is your favorite story about your experiences working with youth?: Favorite quote: "I won't hurt my brane by drinking allcohal becase of Peer Helpers!"

One of many favorite stories:  After a lesson on not riding with any driver who has been drinking alcohol, a 3rd grade girl asked her Mother that evening what she was drinking.  The Mother replied a Bloody Mary.  The little girl asked if that was alcohol.  Her Mother said that there was alcohol in it.  Then the girl asked if the family was going to Grandma's house later in the evening.  The Mother said yes.  Then the little girl said that she wouldn't go if her Mother drove because "Miss Kendra said to never ride with someone who has been drinking alcohol."  [Miss Kendra was her Peer Helper.]

The father drove.

Would you be willing to answer questions from those exploring a career in youth work?: yes

Would you be willing to offer job shadowing?: yes

Would you be willing to have an intern?: yes

Would you be willing to discuss youth work with prospective youth workers?: yes

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please provide appropriate contact information if it is different from above.: I can't afford to pay an intern, but I have Bonner Scholars all the time.


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