… a world where all children are safe & know what it’s like to be treated & treat others, equally with respect.
Now imagine what that world would look like when these children grow up.
Peer Solutions was founded in 1996 with the mission:
Investing in youth to elevate communities.
2+ Decades of…
- Creating safe places
- Cultivating volunteerism
- Providing leadership opportunities
- Helping youth navigate tough times
- Building empathy & healthy relationships
- Improving self-esteem & school performance
STAND & SERVE (S&S) is an award winning positive youth development best practice designed to prevent the root causes of child abuse before they begin. With a trauma informed lens, our students become ambassadors of change. They model positive behaviors which in turn fosters healthy families and communities. The outcome is safety, equality and respect as norms.
Activities are peer led, year-round and include:
- Weekly lunch meetings, afterschool and summer peer education and mentor projects,
- Monthly outreach campaigns and coalition meetings,
- Bi-annual Days at the Capitol, service projects, potlucks &
- The Guts to be Good (G2BG) initiative, five things everyone can do to make the world a better place:
- The guts to be respectful,
- The guts to be courteous,
- The guts to speak up,
- The guts to be honest and
- The guts to lend a hand.
In 2014, we served 14,524 youth ages 12-24 and 2,418 adults supported by 38 elementary through post-secondary schools and 43 community and funding partners across Phoenix and Tempe.
2014 Evaluation Highlights:
- 100% graduated high school,
- 96% showed improvement in grades,
- 96% practice respect for others and self every day,
- 88% practice equality and safety every day and
- 100% of family members agreed that their student believed they could make the world a better place after joining S&S as compared to 67% before joining.
S&S is highlighted in Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington & Wyoming.