John Martin

John Martin works as a Supervising Public Health Educator for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in New York. What started as a Peer Education Program for bullying prevention quickly led to the Peer Education Upstander Skills Training Program he implements for numerous school districts, including right here at Stonybrook University, on topics such as: suicide, bullying, and vaping prevention. John trains middle or high school students using Applied Improvisation as the primary teaching tool for connection and health. Those students then push into classrooms to teach their peers and younger students. The Anti-Bias Task Force, Shanti Fund, and National Association of Counties are organizations that have presented awards to the peer educators, from numerous schools, which have bridged the gap of diversity through participation in this program.