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  • Posted on November 1st, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Chicago receives UN Global Goal Award

    Peer Health Exchange was presented with the prestigious Global Goal Award for outstanding work in upholding the principles of the United Nations Association-Greater Chicago Chapter in the category of Global Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being, October 23, 2019. UNA-Chicago’s Global Goals Awards Ceremony recognized 17 individuals and organizations dedicated to upholding the 17 ...

  • Posted on October 31st, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Volunteer Voices—How is race important to youth health?

    If you missed part 1 of our blog series, “Recruiting a more inclusive and diverse volunteer corps”— which discusses lessons learned in updating our volunteer application— CLICK HERE. Read on for a powerful example from one of our applicants and now Chicago volunteer Jorge Mendez. Application Question: Our approach unapologetically starts with race because we ...

  • Posted on October 30th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Hello Oakland!

    Peer Health Exchange’s new national headquarters are now in Oakland. Read below to learn why we’ve moved. Have you heard the news? Peer Health Exchange’s National and Bay Area offices are now in Oakland’s historic Jack London Square. We opened our new doors in September, and we’re already loving it! Read below to learn ...

  • Posted on October 30th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    The Future of Los Angeles

    Two community leaders born and raised in Southern California, Kimmy Maniquis, LA Executive Director, and LaDawn Best, Head of Sites, share a lot of love for Los Angeles and decades of experience serving its young folx. Chief Operating Officer Robin Rich sat down with them both earlier this month to discuss the first 90 ...

  • Posted on October 29th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    A letter from our CEO—October 2019

    Dear Friends, As I write this, the most diverse, talented group of Peer Health Exchange college students yet are showing up for young people in communities nationwide. This fall PHE college students will lead conversations on tough topics including how young people can give and get consent or how they can help a friend ...

  • Posted on October 28th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Thank you, James and Madeleine McMullan Foundation!

    Peer Health Exchange Chicago is a proud beneficiary of the James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation! Named in honor of their mother and late father, the James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation supports scholarships and education programs nationwide. Their generosity will sponsor two high schools, Harlan Community Academy and Kenwood Academy High School, with ...

  • Posted on October 21st, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    NYC Welcomes New Executive Director

    Hello NYC Peer Health Exchange community! I am so delighted to be here. I have worked with young people in some capacity for my entire 24-year career (don’t do the math on my age, please!) and there is no population that deserves our wholehearted attention more. My career path has encompassed child protection services, ...

  • Posted on October 19th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Queer Eye’s Van Ness shares his truth to advocate for health

    LGBTQ+ advocate Jonathan Van Ness listed Peer Health Exchange as a recommended resource along with a recent WNYC interview discussing the release of his memoir Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love.  Though he’s best known for starring in the Emmy-winning Queer Eye series, Jonathan is also a vocal promoter for health access ...

  • Posted on October 17th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Doing The Work: Stop Making Assumptions

    In case you missed it, International Pronouns Day was this week. Founded by social justice leader Shige Sakurai (they/them), International Pronouns Day, “seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.” At Peer Health Exchange each day is an opportunity to do the work required to show up for young people. To be sure, we have made many missteps—individually—and ...

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