Imagine a world where all children are safe and treated equitably with respect.
Can you imagine what the world would look like when these children grow up?
Peer Solutions was founded in 1996.
Mission: Kids teaching kids to make the world a better place
Our vision is 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.
“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 1-2019
Peer Solutions offers a Trauma Informed Primary Prevention (TIPP) model designed to redirect resources spent on crisis intervention to investing in the health and well-being of families, schools, workplaces, governments, and communities.
Peer Solutions serves 9 sites weekly in Central and South Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona. We have 15 sites on our waiting list and support volunteer programming in South Dakota and Washington State.
During the 2017/2018 school year, Peer Solutions served 12,878 youth and 1,163 adults supported by 88 school, community, business, and funding partners.
Programming is youth led , year-round, open to all identities and abilities, and developed with evidence based strategies across the social ecology.
“Peer Solutions is an organization that is youth led, which means that it actually cares about nurturing the youth into well rounded people. It helps give the youth a platform where they are able to make their voices heard. Peer Solutions gives the youth the ability to work side by side with adults to help them be able to develop and cultivate their passion for seeing the world positively change around them.” Emma Ison, Tempe High School Senior 9-19-19
Weekly lunch meetings and after-school and summer peer training and workshops,
Monthly coalition meetings and campus-wide outreach campaigns,
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.
“Peer Solutions is important because it uses high schoolers to teach middle schoolers about Safety, Equity and Respect (SER) and about multiple other things that can help make this world a better place and make it a safer environment for future generations.” Alex, High School Senior 3-29-19
“I accredit my knowledge of the true value of kindness and safety to Peer Solutions. Regardless of my struggles and experiences, Peer Solutions accepts me and my burdens with open arms time and time again. Having taught me the significance of equity and activism, the environment that Peer Solutions has built is one of community and respect.” Devi, High School Junior 3-29-19
Peer Solutions 8 minute documentary