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  • Posted on June 12th, 2018 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Q&A with Dior Vargas

    Portrait after portrait in Dior Vargas’ People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project showcases a person, their name and a statement written on a piece of paper. There is beauty in the diversity represented. In some photographs  folks are smiling. In others they pose seriously, but they all hold up a sign saying, “I ...

  • Posted on June 7th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Volunteer Voices: Danielle Grubb

      June marks Pride Month and in celebration, we’re highlighting a few of our LGBTQ+ volunteers and their commitment to young people and Peer Health Exchange’s mission. Name: Danielle Grubb Pronouns in use: she/her/hers College/ University: University of Chicago Major: Gender & Sexuality Studies What have you gained and/or learned from volunteering at Peer Health ...

  • Posted on May 17th, 2018 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    The normalization of binge drinking supports unhealthy behavior

        “On Fridays, I teach a class of freshman girls at Lake View High School about healthy decision-making as a peer health educator for Peer Health Exchange. We address topics like sexual assault, alcohol abuse, and healthy communication. Being a peer health educator is one of my favorite activities on this campus, but ...

  • Posted on May 15th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Finding the right therapist—Q&A with Dr. Esme Shaller

    Asking for help is a sign of strength. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we talked with Esme Shaller, Ph.D. (who works at Peer Health Exchange’s college partner UC Berkeley) about the benefits of seeking support, and how to find the right therapist for you. Our interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. ...

  • Posted on April 30th, 2018 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Are you a sexpert?

    When it comes to equipping young people with knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions, Peer Health Exchange volunteers are amazing at leading honest conversations. It’s this kind of open, affirming dialogue that can play a vital role in raising awareness of HIV/AIDS amongst young people says Raven Feagins, communications coordinator, lead storyteller, ...

  • Posted on April 25th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Anniversary Celebration honors Peer Health Exchange volunteers

    It was a night to be remembered! More than 250 people gathered to help us celebrate our anniversary at The Chapel in San Francisco, April 24. The evening commemorated 15 years of providing health education to ninth grade students in public schools across the country; and 10 years in the Bay Area. The evening ...

  • Posted on April 24th, 2018 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Young voices are needed during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. At Peer Health Exchange, we believe that we all play a role in showing up for young people. This month—and every month—is an important time to learn how sexual violence affects young people and what we can each do to help prevent it.  A member of Peer Health ...

  • Posted on April 19th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    ‘Spring Into Action for Health’ Celebrates Youth Health and Wellness

    Nearly 200 philanthropic, civic, and youth advocate leaders celebrated Peer Health Exchange Chicago’s first annual benefit Spring into Action for Health Wednesday, April 18, in support of our work to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for Chicago’s young people. “While racial and economic disparities in Chicago and in Illinois are nothing new, ...

  • Posted on April 7th, 2018 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Day in the Life: James Lin, Peer Health Exchange Director of Sites and Partnerships

    Our program’s reach and positive impact on the lives of young people would not be possible without the hard work, passion and dedication of our talented team. It’s our people-power that makes Peer Health Exchange a unique and amazing place to work. In this ‘Day in the Life’ series,  we shine the spotlight on one employee at a time—providing ...

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