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Peer Health Exchange was founded in 2003 in New York City. The inaugural workshops took place in 2004.
In New York City, twenty thousand public school students drop out of high school by 12th grade. The largest cited reason by young women is unintended pregnancy. The NYC Department of Education recommends that students receive a semester of health education in 9th or 10th grade, however, many New York City students are not receiving the right information at the right time. 45% of NYC DOE students (over 40,000 9th graders) do not receive any health education until their junior or senior year. By this time many students have experienced a health crisis, such as engaging in sexual activity, substance use, or experiencing mental health problems. Some have already dropped out.
Today, New York City is still our largest site, reaching thousands of young people across The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. During the 2015-2016 school year, over 80% the students in PHE NYC partner high schools qualified as low-income and received free or reduced lunch, 87% identified as students of color.
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By Zoe Sakas, PHE Volunteer Saying that Peer Health Exchange has shaped my undergraduate experience would be understating how influential this organization has been to me. I cam...