Peer Health Exchange has expanded educational opportunities to increase students’ likelihood to take care of, maintain, and seek resources for mental health by building knowledge, skills, attitudes and intention in social and emotional learning competencies (also known as the Centered curriculum)
Our core values form the foundation of our organizational culture and guide our approach to achieving our mission and vision.
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Peer Health Exchange was founded by young people, for young people. 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.
College Students serving as Peer Health Educators
High School-aged Young People Recieving Health Education
We unapologetically begin with race because we know that the majority of the young people we serve are Black and/or Latinx. We also focus on people with intersectional marginalized identities because we know that those young people are most affected by oppression.
We are committed to prioritizing the delivery of our program in under-resourced school districts over well-resourced ones.
We strive to address the access gaps that these young people face through responsive, innovative, youth-informed health education and quality programming that confronts systemic oppression and incorporates social issues relevant to young people and their health.
Are you passionate about health equity and want to make, and impact in your community or school? Join PHE staff as we collaborate with young people to build healthier communities and advance health equity. Community Health Advocacy Groups in the Midwest (Chicago), Northeast (New York and Boston) and California (Los Angeles, Bay Area) will meet to identify and address community health needs. This is a paid opportunity where you can develop relationship building, leadership, project management and organizational skills. If you're ready to take action, we invite you to complete the application.
Partner with Us! We have partnered with hundreds of high schools and community-based organizations across the country. Do you know a high school or community-based organization that is interested in partnering with PHE?