Our Impact on Young People

    Our Impact on Ninth Graders

    The American Institutes for Research (AIR) conducted an independent evaluation comparing students who received Peer Health Exchange to those who did not. They found that our program has a statistically significant effect on sexual and mental knowledge, skills, and help-seeking behavior.  

    We found that our program has a statistically significant positive effect on sexual and mental knowledge, skills, and help-seeking behavior.

    Peer Health Exchange students were more likely to:

    A. Visit a health center
    B. Know how to access contraceptives, and show greater intentions to use them in the future
    C. Accurately define what constitutes consent in a sexual situation
    D. Identify the warning signs of poor mental health

    Through surveys, we have also found that:

    • 97% of high school principals who participated in the program said they would recommend the program to other schools.
    • 93% of PHE volunteers said they would recommend PHE to other college students.

    Our Impact on College Students

    An independent evaluation found that Peer Health Exchange’s program has a positive effect on the college students who facilitate the program in the classrooms. 

    Former Peer Health Exchange Health Educators reported:

    • Improved leadership, public speaking skills and sense of community 
    • 93% agreed that Peer Health Exchange taught them skills that helped them in college and 84% said it helped them successfully finish college 
    • 83% stated that Peer Health Exchange helped expand their professional network and opportunities after graduating 

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