Introducing selfsea

In May, Peer Health Exchange launched its first version of selfsea, a web app co-designed with young people to boost access to inclusive and identity-affirming health resources and information for youth everywhere. Our app was designed together with young people as a place where they can see themselves reflected within a supportive and inclusive community that prioritizes their identity and experiences about mental health, sexual health, and beyond. This work would not have been possible without the support of an incredible group of advisors, so we’d like to take a moment to thank them for being critical supports in this process!

Youth Design Group

Members of our Youth Design Group engaged in an 8-week externship during which they co-designed the initial prototype for selfsea. Members whose names are marked with an * continued working with us beyond the initial period as we iterated on the app, vetted resources and videos, and developed our branding.

  • Joshua Aguilar*, Long Beach, CA
  • Reanna Bhagwandeen*, Boston, MA
  • Breyanna Dabney, Baltimore, MD
  • Joshua Emokpae, Boston, MA
  • David Hernandez*, New York, NY
  • Treasure Joiner*, Long Beach, CA
  • Wendy Marroquin*, Los Angeles, CA
  • Lanae Walsh*, Baltimore, MD

Adult Supporters  

In addition to the critical partnership with our youth design partners, we have been supported by many adults who also care deeply about our vision. Many thanks to the following advisors, who have been key thought-partners as we’ve worked to design a safe and valuable experience for young people.


  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Mental Health:

  • Angela Diaz, MD, Ph.D., MPH, Director of Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center
  • Laura Higgins, Director of Community Safety & Digital Civility at Roblox
  • Rebecca Kamody, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Child Psychology at Yale University School of Medicine, Child Study Center
  • Rosemary Magaña, LCPC, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at Counseling and Psychological Services, Northwestern University
  • Jamie Murray, MD, MPH, Pediatrician; Health Care Advisor; Vice-Chair of PHE National Board
  • Candice Norcott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at University of Chicago

Tech Committee:

  • Danielle Balderas, Associate  Product Director, XQ Institute
  • Michael Cullen, VP Operations at Oxeon Partners; PHE Local Board Member
  • Alex Eitel, Partner Manager at YouTube
  • Brian Everitt, CEO at Creative Spoons
  • Éva Goicochea, Founder and CEO at maude; PHE Local Board member
  • Rachel Kropa, Managing Director, Footprint  Coalition; PHE Communications  Committee  Chair
  • Liz Lefkofsky, President at Lefkofsky  Family Foundation; Founder of The VING Project
  • Nicole Levitz, Director of Digital Products at Planned Parenthood
  • Silvia Li Sam, Founder & CEO,  Slam Media Lab
  • Marty Schneider, PHE Board Chair; Board Chair
  • Bhupendra Sheoran, MD, MPH, VP Global Development at ETR; Managing Director of YTH
  • Kareem Zaki, General Partner at Thrive Capital; PHE National Board Member
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