Jenesis Maldonado learned about Peer Solutions through researching job and volunteer opportunities to share with her Behavioral Health Sciences Club at South Mountain Community College. She loves the mission of Peer Solutions and is passionate about working with youth and educating them on the importance of safety, equity, and respect. Jenesis is currently working towards her bachelors of Applied Human Behavior through Northern Arizona Universities extended campus and plans on pursuing higher education in family therapy after she graduates.
Jenesis Maldonado aprendió sobre Peer Solutions a través de la búsqueda de oportunidades de trabajo y voluntario para compartir con su Club de Ciencias en South Mountain Community College. Le encantó la misión de Peer Solutions y le apasiona trabajar con la comunidad. Está emocionada de educar a los niños sobre seguridad, equidad y respeto. Jenesis está trabajando para obtener su licenciatura en Comportamiento Humano Aplicado a través del campus extendido de Northern Arizona University. Jenesis planea continuar su educación superior en terapia familiar después de que ella se gradúe.
Contact Jenesis at: Jenesis@PeerSolutions.org
Berty Atayde learned about Peer Solutions through her work in the admissions office of South Mountain Community College where she is currently pursuing a degree in Behavioral Health Sciences to transfer to Northern Arizona Univeristy for their Applied Human Behavior bachelors degree. She worked with the Boys and Girls Club of East County while living in California and has ever since been driven to study and one day become a counselor working with youth and veterans.
Berty Atayde aprendió sobre Peer Solutions a través de su trabajo en la oficina de admisiones de South Mountain Community College, donde actualmente está cursando el asociados en Ciencias de la Salud del Comportamiento para transferirse a la Universidad del Norte de Arizona para su licenciatura en Comportamiento Humano Aplicado. Trabajó en el Boys and Girls Club de East County mientras vivía en California y desde entonces se ha dedicado a estudiar y, un día, convertirse en una consejera que trabaja con jóvenes y veteranos.
Contact Berty at: Berty@PeerSolutions.org
Adam Jesudason was introduced to Peer Solutions through the Coverdell Fellowship Program for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Namibia from 2014-2016 as a Math Teacher. He has been committed to education for the past 5 years of his life, including working with ESL students at International High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and being a summer camp director in Colorado. He has always been passionate about youth development and empowerment and wishes that there was a program like Peer Solutions when he went to middle and high school.
Adam is currently studying to earn an MBA at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has researched about important investments and financial decisions in this program and he steadfastly maintains that the most important investment society can make is to invest in the education and the future of our youth. This is what Peer Solutions strives for and therefore Adam is very grateful to be a part of the Peer Solutions family. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, hiking, speaking languages, and learning.
Jennifer Rauhouse founded Peer Solutions in 1996 with the vision of safety, equity, and respect (SER) normalized in our hearts, homes, schools, workplaces, governments, communities and world. This is a world free from the root causes of harm including Oppression, Silence/Denial, and Normalized Harm (OSN). It takes everyone, everywhere, every day. We are all Peers, We are all the Solution.
Jennifer has developed, researched, implemented and evaluated positive youth development and leadership primary prevention strategies since 1981. (Before there was a term primary prevention.) She is deeply committed to permanently ending the root causes of domestic, gang, gun, sexual, and relationship violence, child and substance abuse, homelessness, suicide, depression, poor school performance, bullying/harassment, criminality, and more. The root causes of all of the above are similar if not the same. To prevent one is to prevent them all. She serves on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Advisory Council, has established sexual violence prevention guidelines with the CDC, and has provided primary prevention training to all states with an emphasis on youth and community development and mobilization. In May of 2017, she received The Saguaro, Life Time Achievement Award from the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Courtney Ward is a Program Coordinator/Educator in Denver, CO, who is passionate about primary prevention and cultivating societies intolerant of oppression, silence and denial and normalized harm. She believes that youth have the motivation and fervor to prevent violence before it begins by using positive solutions in their homes, neighborhoods, schools and communities. Courtney attended Arizona State University and obtained a BA in Psychology and Sociology as well as a MSW and most recently became a Licensed Master Social Worker. When she is not working with youth, she enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with friends, family and her wonderful cat. Courtney Ward has worked with Peer Solutions for the past 8 years and is now supporting Peer Solutions 10-15 hours per month.