selfsea, powered by Peer Health Exchange and co-designed with young people, provides safe, inclusive, evidence-based, and identity-affirming health resources and information for youth everywhere. this app offers a place where young people can see themselves reflected within a supportive and inclusive community that prioritizes their identity and experiences about mental health, sexual health, and beyond.
selfsea is built with young people, evidence-informed, and supported by a team of experts in the field.
selfsea was created in partnership with young people every step of the way. our first Youth Design Group (YDG), was made up of eight high school students from across the country who learned the human-centered design process to help us develop our prototype. since then, YDG members have contributed to everything from branding, to evaluation, to ongoing feature development. we currently have sixteen youth design group members. all are high school students between 14 and 18 years old, and they come to our weekly virtual meetings from eleven states across the country. most identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, People of Color, and/or LGBTQIA+, and each member brings their own expertise to our work together.
selfsea is powered by Peer Health Exchange (PHE), a national non-profit organization that builds healthier communities with young people. since 2003, PHE has trained more than 15,000 college students to deliver health education workshops to over 188,000 high-school students in communities across the country. the PHE curriculum—informed by empirical evidence and rigorous evaluation—helps students develop the skills needed to make active, informed decisions about their health. these social-emotional skills are integral to accessing, acquiring, and applying academic content, and have a demonstrated impact on resilience, academic tenacity, and academic achievement at all age levels. PHE’s expertise and years of experience in adolescent skill building and peer relationship-building provided a strong foundation on which to build selfsea.
our Youth Innovation Lab, which oversees selfsea, is led by a diverse team with decades of leadership in health equity and digital impact. each leadership team member has 15-20 years of relevant experience, and many team members hold advanced degrees across Social Work, Public Health, Education, Marketing, Organizational Management, and Nonprofit Leadership. equally important, some of our staff are much earlier in their careers, and able to offer their valuable perspectives as members of Gen Z.
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 are key thought-partners in ensuring that our products are safe, effective, and positive experiences for young people.
selfsea, powered by Peer Health Exchange, provides young folks with support, resources, and stories from young adults who’ve been there. We believe self-care is community care. Our app was designed together with young people as a safe digital 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