In May of 2010, Peer Solutions conducted a survey of 30 past S&S members dating back to 1998. 100% reported a positive impact of S&S currently in their lives and are still involved in this type of work. Click here to download a PDF document of the testimonials.
What elementary & middle school participants say about S&S (May 2006)
I act better and I know what to look for in friends and in life.
I am a lot nicer to my sister.
It made me feel wanted.
I haven't cut myself. To not hate myself but to love myself.
I am not as mean.
I learned to be a responsible bystander.
Makes me think more positively.
I am more respectful of others.
What high school participants say about S&S (May 2006)
I can better communicate with others. I'm more confident.
It has made me more accepting of others.
That's its good to do community service because it helps the whole community.
It makes me feel important and that I can help people. It's a good feeling.
I have learned to be more kind and appreciate life.
It's changed how I see the world as well as improved my self value.
I try to understand others culture and that there are issues underneath that they don't show.
I like the way we talked about things that can harm your life, and how to avoid those signs of depression, substance abuse, and suicide.
What Peer Educators say about S&S (May 2006):
I feel really good to contribute to positive social change because I believe that what we show the kids is going to have a positive change in their lives.
I feel like I helped younger kids know more about what to do when they have problems. I feel like they actually learned and had fun.
I felt that I got a lot out of helping kids and teaching them about drugs, depression and suicide.
I feel that being a part of this organization, we were able to better children's lives in the future. We gave them the mind set and tools to be a contributor to society.
I feel we taught these kids a lot about respect and how much violence hurts others so that now the kids will know how to prevent it.
By teaching these kids about violence and why it was wrong, as well as how to prevent it, I think we helped these kids to go out and help put an end to it.
Just by having the kids with us instead of on the streets, we prevent chances of violence. Also, they will be more considerate and peaceful from now on.
What parents have to say about the impact of S&S on their children (May 2006)
My daughter respects herself more and is learning the ability to stand up for herself. She uses examples from S&S at home when there are problems instead of getting mad.
My daughter has increased self-confidence and leadership skills, and a strong voice against injustice.
My son is more open and willing to help others.
My daughter learns right from wrong, and she thinks of others.
My daughter is passionate about S&S and I like that.
I know that my daughter is changing her attitude towards things, being more respectful and knowing how to do things differently.
My daughter is very happy to be helping her community. This experience has wrought a positive change in her.
My son is better able to deal with conflict by choosing other avenues. S&S taught him how to think more instead of just reacting.