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 across the country, seeing strong initial results. In 2012-2013, PHE will train 1,800 college-student volunteers to serve over 18,000 teens in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC.
In 2011, we embarked on our next strategic plan, working to deepen our impact on every teen we serve, evaluate that impact more robustly, and develop and test additional methods for impact. As we do so, we will serve nearly 100,000 more teens by 2015.Click here to view our 2011-2015 Strategic Plan