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Peer Solutions




Peer Solutions vision: A world where everyone is Safe, and treated Equitably with Respect (SER). This is a world free from harm to self, others, animals, and the planet. Peer Solutions was founded in 1996. Programming is youth led, year-round, open to all identities and abilities, and developed with evidence based strategies across the social ecology. Peer Solutions promotes safety, equity, and respect (SER) while preventing harm to others and/or self before it occurs by cultivating school, family, and community ownership of solutions. By utilizing the ecological model, we prevent sexual, dating, family, gang, gun, and school violence, harassment, bullying, self-injury, suicide, depression, oppression, substance abuse, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, poor school performance, child abuse, homelessness, criminality, early death, disease, and more. Activites are year-round, youth led and developed, intergenerational, open to all identities and abiliites, and use evidence based strategies across the social ecology.

Duties - The individual will work with primary through secondary level students and will require finger print clearance. This individual will assist with co-facilitating High School lunch meetings/After School Programs, Planning school activities and outreach, and attending community partners training/meetings, Quarterly service projects and Mesa Nights - Peer led programming for youth and families addressing Traumatic Brain Injury, Ongoing Bi-annual Days at the Capitol, annual events, and local/national workshops.The individual will support our monthly Community Coalition where members come together to discuss and implement their vision of safe, healthy and respectful communities.  In addition, this intern will assist with the implementation, scoring, and review of evaluation tools designed to capture the effectiveness of said activities. 

Available Days/Hours - Monday's, Tuesday's, Thursday's, and Fridays. 
*Mornings, *Afternoons, *Evenings, *Some Weekends

The time commitment averages 1-3 hours a week per site.

Activities you may support include:

  1. Weekly after school peer education projects at Machan K-8 in Central Phoenix;
  2. Weekly lunch meetings at North, Camelback, and South Mountain High Schools in Central and South Phoenix;
  3. Weekly lunch meetings at Tempe and Marcos de Niza High Schools;
  4. East Valley Boys & Girls Club of Guadalupe – Hosts weekly afterschool and summer projects two days per week
  5. Phoenix Public Library and Music Union: hosts coalition meetings, summer programming, and special projects
Population Served - Elementary-Post Secondary Students, as well as families, schools, and community members in Guadalupe, Phoenix, and Tempe. During the 2018 school year, Peer Solutions served 12,878 youth and 1,163 adults supported by 88 school, community, business, and funding partners. Ethnic breakdown: African American 11%, Asian/Pacific Islander 2%, Anglo/White 14%, Hispanic 68%, Native American 4%, Unknown 1%

Community Need - Arizona ranks last, 50/50 states, for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with 44% of Arizona youth experiencing two or more ACEs as compared to 31% nationally. Sadly, 100% of the youth Peer Solutions serve have experienced two or more ACEs. Experiencing harms in childhood impacts a student's ability to learn, relate to others, and manage emotions. This may lead to bullying, substance abuse, violence, and early death. In 2015, 17% of Arizona high school students planned their own suicides. We know 80% of suicide attempts by youth can be attributed to ACEs. Peer Solutions surveyed their youth in April of 2018 to compare their ACEs Scores to the state and nation. The results prove you will be supporting youth facing the greatest need.

Community Impact - In 2015, 30 youth that participated in programming over a 20 year span were interviewed with tools through the Internal Review Board process. The following themes emerged:

Peer Solutions:

Creates safe places,
Cultivates volunteerism,
Provides leadership opportunities,
Helps youth navigate tough times,
Builds empathy and healthy relationships, and
Improves self-esteem and school performance.
(Voices of Youth: A Qualitative Report April 28, 2015 University of New Hampshire.)
Current evaluation:
100% of Peer Solutions’ seniors graduate high school
92% of participants report demonstrating safety, equity, and respect as norms every day
96% of participants report improvement in grades since joining
91% of participants report speaking up more for themselves and others since joining
100% of family agreed their student believed they could make the world a better place as compared to 62% before joining

“I’ve watched youth coming through the Peer Solutions program grow into articulate, confident and passionate young adults. This organization is at the forefront of ensuring that young people feel safe, secure and brave enough to set their own boundaries and respect others. It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend awarding this superb organization.” Athena Salman, State Representative, Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community 1-2018

Capacity - 2 interns
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