Letter from Our CEO and Co-Founder and Board Chair
Every day, young people face difficult, life-changing decisions about their health. With health resources and coverage at risk, these decisions have become even more challenging. Now more than ever, young people need the knowledge, skills, and access to resources that PHE provides. Your support makes that possible for young people across the country.
In the 2016-17 school year, Peer Health Exchange empowered more than 15,000 9th graders with effective health education. College student volunteers facilitated 6,475 workshops on critical topics, including mental health stigma, consent, and substance use avoidance. The decision-making and communications skills from these workshops will help young people make better health decisions, excel in school, and live long, healthy lives.
In addition to reaching 15,000 young people, we had a strong year overall at PHE. We built a more inclusive, diverse group of volunteers. We piloted our best and most efficient PHE program model yet–our relationship-centered model that allows the same volunteers to return to the same classroom throughout the semester. We developed innovative, paying partnerships with schools and health systems. All our sites and national were able to meet their fundraising goals. We launched an ambitious impact capital campaign.
We hope that you enjoy the profiles of volunteers, partners, and PHE students in this impact report, as well as the highlights of our achievements that you made possible.
In this moment, young people need us to show up for them in every way. They need your support. Your gift to PHE empowers them to make healthy decisions. We are so grateful to you for your generosity, and for sharing our belief that all young people deserve access to the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to live long, healthy lives.
Here’s to a phenomenal 2018 fiscal year, and a bright future ahead for young people.
All our best,
Louise Langheier Martin “Marty” Schneider,
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer National Board Chairman
Check out our infographic report below.