What is The PEERS Project?
We believe that teens need to have positive experiences and positive empowerment in order to succeed. Our program is based on this philosophy and this is why we do more than simply provide youth with education. We engage older peers to teach interactive lessons to and empower their younger peers. These lessons include avoiding reckless behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, sexual activity, and bullying. Not only is the message more readily received through peer to peer empowerment, but the Peer Leaders themselves are creating a platform for change and a network full of teens that are committed to making the same healthy lifestyle choices. These High School Peer Leaders become role models for the middle school students and a support network for their friends. The power of peer to peer empowerment is incredible.
Grants from federal and state agencies, local foundations, and individual contributions underwrite The PEERS Project. Therefore, programming is provided at no charge to schools, organizations, and agencies. In our twenty year history, over 1,000,000 students have been reached by more than 25,000 Peer Leaders.
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The PEERS Project has reached more than ONE MILLION youth across the state of Indiana, advocating positive relationships and healthy lifestyles among teens to create counter-cultural change agents. #UpCulture is a positive cultural movement led by a new generation of young people. It’s a cultural standard and movement chosen by those whose actions and values align with self-respect and respect for others; who actively seek healthy relationships and avoid behaviors that could be reckless to their bright futures and achieving their full potential.
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“What makes PEERS’ programming so unique is the empowerment of high school students who model the positive behaviors they encourage their younger peers to practice. By engaging students, they become part of the solution as PEERS’ interactive program demonstrates essential life skills such as goal setting, decision making and assertiveness. Peer leaders’ instruction and personal guidance about the differences between healthy and abusive relationships help to prepare adolescents for dating and marriage.”
–Indiana State Senator