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News from Peer Solutions · Peer Solutions in the News

Stand and Serve Day at the Capitol: October 11, 2016

Brian Flatgard

Did you know October was Domestic Violence Prevention Month? Hear from Legislators, Community Partners, and Youth across the valley.

 STAND & SERVE Day at the Capitol Time!

October 11, 10:30am-1:30pm

Free & Open To The Public

1700 W. Washington, Room 312, 3rd Floor Governor’s Tower Park Free on the 19th Avenue side and you will go through metal detectors

Emcee: Jordan Darby- S&S Peer Educator 10th Grade, Tempe High School

  • 10:30-11:00    Community Resources, live music from Betsy Ganz, Dominic Armstrong, and Jon Rauhouse (twice Grammy nominated, just voted top 50 influential AZ musicians of all time), sign in, get a free raffle ticket, complete bingo, get another and if that’s not enough, you can register to vote, get a library card and have a cup of coffee with a Starbucks treat.
  • 11:00-11:20    Welcome by Jordon Darby, Representative Mendez, Isela Blanc & Athena Salman – Community Campaigning
  • 11:20-11:30    Tatiana Alvarez, 10TH grader at Tempe High School – S&S update
  • 11:30-11:45     Representative Paul Boyer – The Guts To Be Good Winner! 
  • 11:45-11:50     Marimar Riedel- Rip Tide: South Mountain 9TH Grader & Her Uke
  • 11:50-12:00    Jordan Darby - Ending DV by Preventing ACEs + Barry Crimmins2min Video Message by John Haas. A not to be missed situation.
  • 12:00-12:10    Betsy Ganz – Circle the City – Volunteer Here!
  • 12:10-12:20    G2BG Awards presented by Representative Juan Mendez!
  • 12:20-12:30    Free Raffle & Conclusion
  • 12:30-1:30      MusicCapitol Tour by the Honorary Representative Mendez & LunchDonated by Green/Nami, Domino’s & Starbucks

Resources, swag and interactive activities provided by:  We love you. Thank you.

  1. Big Brothers Big Sisters
  2. Child Help/Wings
  3.  Circle the City
  4. Kaity’s Way
  5. La Frontera/Empact
  6. MIKID
  7. Phoenix Public Library
  9. Support My Club
  10. Tumbleweed/Safe Place

Sponsored by Senator Steve Farley & Az Secretary of State Michele Reagan

2015-2016 Highlights

Brian Flatgard

During the 2015-2016 school-year, we served 13,227 youth and 2,090 adults. This does not include media. Students representing 38 elementary through post-secondary schools supported by 47 community and funding partners participated in activities.

S&S activities were peer led and included:

1)    Weekly Lunch Meetings at Camelback, North and South Mountain High Schools and Pan American Charter School in Phoenix and Marcos de Niza and Tempe High Schools in Tempe. Monthly outreach campaigns include all students and staff. There are 28 lessons.

2)    Weekly After-school and Summer Peer Education Training  at Westside Community Center in Tempe and the Burton Barr Public Library and Arizona Music Union in Phoenix. Activities are open to any secondary and post-secondary student who wants to commit to a minimum of a semester of ongoing training, facilitation, and leadership opportunities. Peers develop and update curriculum. There are 3 training retreats annually and 28 lessons.

3)    Weekly After-school and Summer Peer Education Workshops at Westside Community Center in Tempe and the Burton Barr Public Library and Arizona Music Union in Phoenix. Workshops are facilitated by trained peer educators for elementary and middle school students from all Tempe middle schools and Machan K-8 in Phoenix. The summer program is held two days per week at Westside Community Center in Tempe, one day per week at the Burton Barr Public Library and one day per week at The Arizona Music Union in Phoenix. Activities are open to any elementary through post-secondary student. There are 44 lessons which include the school year and summer programming.

4)    Monthly After-school Coalition Meetings the last Thursday of the month at the Burton Barr Public Library. Throughout the year participants plan, develop, and implement S&S Days at the Capitol, service projects, an end of the school year celebration at ASU and potluck. 

In January of 2016, S&S members were highlighted in the American Psychological Association’s Psychology of Violence Journal. Results were already presented at several conferences. In February of 2016, three S&S students received the City of Tempe Diversity Award and Peer Solutions received a 12 WHO CARE award from Channel 12. In March of 2016, Peer Solutions was able to obtain Concurrent Adverse Childhood Prevention Proclamations in the Arizona Senate and House.  And finally within the past year, S&S youth have trained prevention providers in Arizona, Kentucky, Florida and Oklahoma.

2016 City of Tempe Diversity Award winners!

 2015 City of Tempe Diversity Award Winners-Tonia Smith, Kristyn St. Yves & Tyra Simpson.Y S&S has won this award for the 16 years.

Evaluation Highlights:

  1. 100% graduated HS & 96% showed improvement in grades,

  2. 91% reported speaking up more for themselves and others, 

  3. 92% reported demonstrating safety, equality and respect as norms every day as compared to 74% before joining

  4. 100% of family members agreed their student believes they make the world a better place after joining as compared to 67% before joining

Examples of answers to the question:  How S&S has helped your family?

  1. It helped my family become more aware of what is going on in the community.

  2. S&S has become part of our families defining features. We all have learned so much from all the lessons taught & we are much more prone to showing what we have learned.

  3. It helped my mother to speak up more for my nephew against his abusive father.

  4. My family is generally more peaceful. We know how to problem solve and prevent problems in the first place. My family loves S&S.

Eileen Yellin 2015 G2BG Award Winner

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We Love You Doc!

RIP 1956-2016

Dr. Eileen Yellin is the original founder of STAND & SERVE in 1996 at Tempe High School. She retired after teaching 30+ years in May of 2016.  She was still our club sponsor. Without her, STAND & SERVE would not exist and for the past 20 years she has never left our side.  She also founded the best GSA Club ever at Tempe High and she just received the Safe School Award from GLSEN.  I will never forget the day she called me and told me that STAND & SERVE set the culture so a GSA club could be possible at THS.  It was and still is one of the proudest moments in my career. Her STAND & SERVE club just received a 12 WHO CARE AWARD from Channel 12.  A mini documentary at THS was filmed. Click below to learn more. Eileen also received a Guts to Be Good Award March of 2015 and a City of Tempe Diversity Award in 2010. 

Eileen Yellin 2015 G2BG Award Winner 

In March of 2015, Dr. Eileen Yellin was awarded a Guts To Be Good overall Award winner for her commitment to ensuring all humans are safe and treated equally with respect. She cultivated Safety, Equality and Respect as norms in her heart, home, school, workplaces and community. 

One of Eileen's Favorite Quotes: A friend told me that each morning when we get up we have to decide whether we are going to save or savor the world. I don't think that is the decision. It's not an either-or, save or savor. We have to do both, save and savor the world. Kate Clinton

Eileen's Club wins 12 WHO CARE AWARD! Mini Documentary by Keith Ritchie

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

Brian Flatgard

September 25 - 2-5PM All Ages Click for Tickets

  • Concert Across America
  • #EndGunViolenceMetroPhoenix

Yucca Tap Room- Best of Phoenix
29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, Arizona 85282 

  • September 25th, 2016, 2pm-5pm $10, All Ages
  • Awesome Raffle! Bar with Food
  • Emceed By: Brad Chandler


  1. Lukas Mathers
  2. Betsy Ganz & the Sun Punchers
  3. Nolan Mckelvey Band
  4. Barefoot and Pregnant

Tickets available at Stinkweeds: 12 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013 and on line at Brown Paper Tickets link above. Get your tickets today!

#BraveEnoughToListen  #G2BG  Together we can end the root causes of gun violence by cultivating safety, equality and respect as norms with everyone, everywhere, every day!
The event will be STREAMED LIVE with approximately 90 other concerts across the country. September 25 was established by congress in 2007 to remember those victimized by gun violence. This is a non-partisan event.

Partners include: Arizonans for Gun Safety, Arizona Trauma Institute, Coalition Working to End Gun Violence, Crescent Ballroom, Peer Solutions, Psyko Steve, STAND & SERVE and Tumbleweed.

100% of proceeds will support gun violence prevention programming at 9 sites across Central and South Phoenix and Tempe. See

Jon Rauhouse Orchestra Release

Brian Flatgard

The Jon Rauhouse Orchestra

Released 8-5-1016

100% of all Jon Rauhouse Music Downloads on I-tunes or Amazon through August 31, 2016 will be donated to Peer Solutions. A huge thank you to those of you that have already downloaded music. We love you all.

August 5th, 2016 is the release day for "the Jon Rauhouse Orchestra" with tons of special guests including Jennifer Rauhouse and Peer Solutions Board Members Megyn Neff and Billy Bob Thornton. @stinkweedsrecords

Crowd Funding

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First 100 donors are entered to win an Austin City Limits DVD signed by Neko Case & Jon Rauhouse Very rare! 

Update: We have 50 donors and need 50 more before we do the drawing. Just $1 puts you in the game!

“From my standpoint as the Acting Chief Deputy City Prosecutor, Peer Solutions’ student engagement model provides one of the best examples of how we can connect our youth toward a purposeful life. One of our Great Youth-Based Organizations.”
— Will Gonzalez 8-2-2015

S&S Summer Thank Yous

Brian Flatgard

The S&S  Summer Program program was a huge success, Dania Simpson, now in her third year of college, was the 2016 summer intern. She joined STAND & SERVE in 9th grade and brought her amazing siblings, then in middle school, Tyra and Kyle with her. It was a gift to have her back in the mix. The Peer Eds ruled the summer program and 4 were awarded BOX SEATS for a Weezer/Panic! At the Disco show from Live Nation! Thank you Gina Dhaddey & Courtney Tjaden! The variety show and summer pool party with many thanks to the Wiggins. as usual, was a complete blast.  Check out our Facebook Page for more Pics!

We topped off the summer Peer Education Training component with an excellent all day training, provided by Dr. Sue Wolf, on the impact of trauma on the brain and effective strategies and tools when working with youth, families and service providers. Thank You Sue!


Arizona Community Foundation, The Arizona Republic's Season for Sharing, BHHS Legacy Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, Hickey Family Foundation, J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation, Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Peoria Diamond Club, Phoenix Suns Charities, The Steele Foundation, Thunderbirds Charities, and The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. 

An extra special THANK YOU TO Domino's, Starbucks and Gatorade!

Keeping It Real

Brian Flatgard

Message from Jennifer Rauhouse: Peer Solutions Founder.

When the dude created the polio vaccine he shared it for free because it literally saved how many lives? After 52 years of obsessing through research and practice about how to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences, including sexual abuse, we have the answer. We are now working with the top evaluators in the country to prove it. For example we were just highlighted in the American Psychological Association’s, Psychology of Violence Journal in January of 2016.

In the meantime, I have had to turn into a “marketeer”, I just added that word to my dictionary, to keep Peer Solutions going. For the past twenty years we have been grant funded. I refused to do individual fundraising, hold fundraising events or ask for money on line or almost anywhere. I even told our board they would never have to fundraise. This is about cultivating safe, healthy and respectful relationships and communities. This is about saving lives, not about the money.

Sadly, almost everyone has lost funding in the Non-Profit world and now we all have “carnivore eyes” looking for money, literally to save lives. I even went to a week-long boot camp to learn how to sell your non-profit in three minutes or less.

I have also been buying lottery tickets but that’s not working. So, here we are in a no-choice situation in which we have to fundraise for real. I studied all the hip and not-hip crowdfunding sites and realized everyone wins when we do it ourselves. I registered Peer Solutions through PayPal and the fees dropped 17%. Even if you don’t have PayPal account you can still donate on a one time or monthly basis.

On the much brighter side, I also know there are a billion people out there who really do care, who really do want to make a difference. Sure we want the money, the more the merrier, BUT, I am more interested in partners across the nation that really, care about effective solutions to end this feces before it begins.  Sadly many of us have had quite a few more than one Adverse Childhood Experiences.  I’m sick to death of dealing with it and even sicker watching other young people suffer. We know this can be prevented and we know how. Please watch our videos and join the team. We have a ton of fun while making this world a better place to live, learn, work and play.

With our approach, I believe prisons could be turned into resorts and we wouldn’t even need homeless shelters or the Human Society. We all would have more time to play with our pets.

100% of all donations will go directly to creating a model anyone can use and to programming. Thank you beyond words to the thousands of you that have supported us to date and here’s to a million more. This is by and for you. We are all Peers, We are all the Solution.

Learn more about our fundraising campaign »

March 16, 10:30-1:30pm: STAND & SERVE Day at the Capitol

Brian Flatgard

ress Release!  Not to be Missed!

STAND & SERVE Day at the Capitol 

March 16, 10:30-1:30pm

Arizona Capitol, Room 312, 3rd Floor Gov’s Tower, Park on 19 Ave side

  • Sponsored by Senator Steve Farley & Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan
  • Emcees: Jacob Chevalier, 2015 Bio Science Graduate & Representative Juan Mendez

Day's Events:

10:30-11:00: Community Resources with interactive activities, music, sign up for a library card and a tour, sign in get a free raffle ticket, complete bingo, get another

11:00-11:10: Welcome by Senator Farley and Representative Mendez

11:10-11:30: Barry Crimmins: Call Me Lucky – Working together to end sexual violence!

11:30-11:40: G2BG Awards Barry Crimmins and Bobcat Goldthwait presented by Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan.

11:40-11:55: Representative Richard Andrade: Working together to end bullying before it begins! 

11:55-12:05: Representative Juan Mendez: G2BG AWARDS: Permanent solutions are about EVERYONE, EVERYDAY, EVERYWHERE.  

12:05-12:10: Jon Rauhouse, Betsy Ganz & the S&S Kitchen Band – You are my G2BG Sunshine

12:10-12:20: Phoenix Public Library - Kelly Pearson

12:20-12:30: Free Raffle and Conclusion

12:30-1:30: Capitol Tour by the Honorary Representative Mendez & Lunch in the Rose Garden Donated by Green, Nami, Domino’s & Starbucks

Resources, swag and interactive activities provided by:  

  1. Arizonans for Gun Safety
  2. Arizona Trauma Institute
  3. Boys & Girls Club of Az
  4. Child Help/Wings
  5. Chrysalis
  6. Circle the City
  7. Inspire Arizona
  8. Kaity’s Way- Pendiing
  9. La Frontera/Empact
  10. MYKID
  11. Noble Beast
  12. Not Our Native Children
  13. One-n-Ten - Pending
  14. Phoenix Public Library
  15. Peer Solutions/STAND & SERVE
  16. Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services
  17. Tumbleweed/Safe Place 

Resolution Update

Brian Flatgard

The Introset Resolution has been submitted and we now have bill numbers for the House and Senate!  

Although the bill was Introduced by Representative Mendez and Senator Farley we had 49% of legislators sign on as sponsors. STAND & SERVE youth from across the valley called all the legislators and met with quite a few!  They did a great job!  The legislators were very kind!
The next step is to get the bill to committee and/or the floor for a vote. We will keep you posted. There is still time to sign on as a community and/or individual partner. Together we are better! 

Below are links to the bills and I-petition and a list of legislative sponsors, and current community partners. If you would like your organization to be listed, just reply to this email and it shall be done. We have 202 individual signatures. If you would like to sign your name, sign the on-line petition but if you do not want to give them your email, contact us and we will add your name.

Community Sponsors To Date: 

  • A Mindfulness Life Center
  • Arizona Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Arizona Disabled Sports
  • Arizona Trauma Institute
  • Arizonans for Gun Safety
  • AZ Music Union- local 586
  • Bikrum Yoga Phoenix
  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • Boys & Girls Club East Valley
  • Chrysalis
  • Cibo
  • Crescent Ballroom
  • Duck and Decanter
  • Empact/La Frontera
  • Empowerment Research
  • Fivethirteen Recording
  • Go Purple/Bloom
  • Green
  • Haas Docs
  • Jameson and Associates
  • Kaity's Way
  • Lilliwaup Sound Recording
  • Modified Arts
  • Nami
  • National Advocacy and Training Network
  • Neko Case
  • Noble Beast
  • Not Our Native Daughters
  • Peer Solutions
  • Phoenix Public Library
  • Powers Young and Company
  • Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
  • Radio Phoenix
  • Sechler CPA
  • Stinkweeds
  • Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services
  • Tempe Community Council
  • Tucson Truck and Caster LLC
  • Wavelab
  • Will Gonzalez- Trial Bureau Chief, City of Phoenix

Representatives  - HCR 2042 Sponsors

  • 1-    Mendez, 
  • 2-    Andrade, 
  • 3-    Benally, 
  • 4-    Bolding, 
  • 5-    Cardenas, 
  • 6-    Espinoza, 
  • 7-    Larkin, 
  • 8-    Mach, 
  • 9-    Meyer, 
  • 10-    Plumlee, 
  • 11-    Rios, 
  • 12-    Saldate, 
  • 13-    Townsend, 
  • 14-    Alston, 
  • 15-    Boyer, 
  • 16-    Brophy McGee, 
  • 17-    Carter,
  • 18-    Clark, 
  • 19-    Cobb, 
  • 20-    Coleman, 
  • 21-    Fernandez, 
  • 22-    Friese, 
  • 23-    Gabaldón, 
  • 24-    Gonzales, 
  • 25-    Hale,
  • 26-    Kopec, 
  • 27-    McCune Davis, 
  • 28-    Otondo, 
  • 29-    Rivero, 
  • 30-    Thorpe, 
  • 31-    Velasquez, 
  • 32-    Weninger, 
  • 33-    Wheeler

Senators - SCR 1014 Sponsors

  • 1-    Quezada
  • 2-    FARLEY        
  • 3-    HOBBS        
  • 4-    MIRANDA    
  • 5-    PANCRAZI    
  • 8-    MEZA        
  • 9-    KOPEC 


Brian Flatgard

This is just something I did for fun for an organization that I love dearly! (totally not trying to be a rapper lol) I made this at like 11 pm so #HateOnItttt Background music link : I own no rights to the music whatsoever and all rights go to owner and I just used it for fun, no profit!

Billy Bob Thornton interview

Brian Flatgard

Billy Bob Thornton, Honorary Peer Solutions Board Member interviewed by Lilith Donate Here Today! Please! Billy Bob Thornton is talking with Lilith a Senior in High School about Music, parenting, why he is an honorary board member and more. We know 75% of adults have had an adverse childhood experience. If you knew how to stop children from going through these harms wouldn't you want to help?

Arizona premier of the documentary film Paper Tigers!

Brian Flatgard

Your are invited to attend the Arizona premier of the documentary film Paper Tigers on Thursday, October 22 at 4:00pm at North High School. This film is free and has been selling out across the country. Please register for your tickets TODAY!

Food trucks from 4-5PM, Movie starts at 5pm.  Panel at 6:50. Jacob and Velena, Two STAND & SERVE members will be serving on the Panel after the movie! As many of you know STAND & SERVE is a Trauma Informed Primary Prevention Model and this movie is about using similar and enhanced strategies to improve the wellbeing of ALL STUDENTS today, tomorrow and forever. Help young people thrive and we positively impact generations.  Its common sense and science proves it.  THIS MOVIE IS A MUST SEE!

As you may know, for the past four years, AZ has ranked in the bottom five states for the overall well-being of children. Address AND Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and together we can permanently reverse this trend!

Save the Date! STAND & SERVE Day at the Capitol, October 6, 2015

Brian Flatgard

The STAND & SERVE Day at the Capitol has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 6 from 10:30-1:30 at the Arizona Capitol in the Grand Canyon room in the Basement right off the elevator. Free to the public.

The Draft Agenda looks like this:

Meet & Greet: Community resources with interactive activities, sign up for a library card, help yourself to Starbucks Coffee and Treats and as always, live music.

Program: Hear from students, legislators and community partners, G2BG Awards and free raffle 

Capitol Tour, lunch, music and networking  

As you may know October is domestic violence prevention month.  We will focus on what we all can do to prevent domestic violence before it begins!  "SAFETY IS A COMMUNITY VALUE."

Thanks to our 2015 donors so far

Brian Flatgard

A huge thanks to those who have given this year so far. Donate today!

2015 Donations! Thank You!

  • Sarah Brand
  • Paul Antonetti
  • Brad/Alison Chandler
  • Vincent Cola
  • Emily Chapman
  • Judy Duhamel
  • Shannon Mochel
  • Jon Rauhouse
  • Tim Rauhouse
  • Robert Sawyer
  • Carolyn Sechler
  • Thomas Ferguson
  • Emily Laudato
  • Steve Kenyon - pro plants
  • Kristine Parkhill Lovell
  • Ramiro Calderon
  • Katie Tuten
  • The Ganz Family
  • Charles Kouri
  • Theron Wall
  • Anthony Ziemba
  • John Dixon
  • Elliot Tarabour
  • Gerald Dowd
  • Carolyn Rauch
  • Cynthia Elliot
  • Thomas Lariviere
  • Rachel Hemphill
  • Steven Simmons
  • Ashley Sanna-Barbee
  • JFC Market Management
  • Tressa Gilbert
  • Beth Royer
  • Janice Narey
  • Sally Timms
  • Laura Neff
  • Sarah Whelan
  • Timothy Viard
  • Suzanne Jameson
  • Linda Ray
  • Karen Lang
  • Rachel Flotard
  • Fran Clarida
  • Brooke Sterling
  • Richard Ringler
  • David Lujan
  • Sanja Tetaric 
  • Irene Hess
  • Darien Wendell
  • Verunka Vlkova
  • Carolyn Camp
  • Aiden Chapparone
  • Jonathan Yglesias
  • Jon Wurster
  • Diane Onofrio
  • Lindsay cates
  • Joanne Goldberg
  • Crescent Ballroom
  • Jeremy/Michele Olson


  • Dominos
  • Green Vegetarian
  • Nami
  • Starbucks


  • Arizona Community Foundation
  • Arizona Republic Charities - Seasons For Sharing
  • Victoria Banyard
  • Damon & Kathy Brasch
  • Century Link
  • Neko Case
  • Gloria Day
  • Diamondbacks Cares
  • Thunderbird Charities
  • Senator Steve Farley
  • Walter Favre
  • Brian Flatgard!  Best web person ever.
  • Betsy Ganz
  • Will Gonzalez
  • John Haas
  • Rita Hamilton
  • Hickey Foundations
  • Kristin Irving
  • Suzanne Jameson
  • BHHS Legacy
  • Maricopa County Attorney's Office
  • Andrea Martinez
  • Representative Juan Mendez
  • Jeff Moore
  • Jennifer Middleton
  • Nate Nathan
  • Kristen Nelson
  • Mary Peralta
  • Radio Phoenix
  • Ben Powers
  • Social Venture Partners
  • Virginia G Piper
  • Nina Mason Pulliam
  • Alexa Roberts
  • Shannon Scutari
  • Michela Simpson
  • Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema
  • Marsha Stanton
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • United Way
  • Jay and Carrie Wheeler Wiggins
  • BJ and Ellis Wiggins
  • Tiffany Wilkinson
  • Sue Wolf
  • Marsha Vallee

Video created by John Haas. Feel free to contact him here for your own video!