Mission and Vision
Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education.
Our vision is that, one day, all teens will have the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions.
In 1999, six Yale undergraduates began teaching health workshops in New Haven public schools in order to fill the gap left by an underfunded, understaffed district health program. In 2003, the founding members of the group established Peer Health Exchange to replicate this successful program in other communities with unmet health education needs. Since then, we have trained more than 5,000 college student volunteers to deliver effective health education to over 57,000 public high school students in New York City, Boston, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles, seeing strong initial results. This year, we have launched a sixth city site in Washington, D.C. to serve an additional 750 teens.