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Peer Health Exchange Chicago launched in the summer of 2007 to help address an unmet need for health education in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Over the last decade, we’ve grown to provide our trauma-informed, skills-based health curriculum to over 36,000 young people in Chicago while building a culture of preventative health and wellness.

This year we will reach approximately 3,600 9th graders in 28-30 high schools across the city of Chicago. We will do this by recruiting, selecting and training over 300 college student volunteers from Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, and The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Young Chicagoans navigate difficult decisions on a daily basis, many of which threaten their bodies, well-being, and futures. The CDC reported in the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey that, among high school students in Chicago:

  • 1 in 4 has been offered, sold, or given an illegal drug on school property
  • 1 in 5 has been seriously considered attempting suicide
  • 2 in 5 sexually active teens did not use a barrier method the last time they had sex

Young people deserve a stronger base of support, and the knowledge, skills, and access to resources they need to make healthy decisions – regardless of their zip code.

2018 - 2019 Goals

  • 300


  • 3,600

    Young People

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