Research conducted by Dr. Kenneth Ferraro, Purdue University, found that PEERS improved both peer leaders and younger participants’ attitude, knowledge, decision making, and behavior. Dr. Ferraro’s research that indicates PEERS may have improved academic performance was published by the American Journal of Health Studies.

Through our curriculum we expect at least 75% of our students to:

  • Increase confidence in personal leadership skills.
  • Delay initiation into sexual activity; and alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use and increase percentage who recommit to avoiding these risky behaviors.
  • Increase understanding of healthy relationships and their importance.
  • Increase economic self-sufficiency while reducing poverty.
  • Decrease teen pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections.

In partnership with Dr. Greg Steele, IUPUI professor of epidemiology, we will administer pre and post program surveys to determine if we’ve met our goals.

Past Project Resultspeers-impact

In 2013, The PEERS Project identified, trained, and provided peer support for 2,000 Peer Leaders who reached 15,000 participants in Indiana. Since its creation in 1994, the PEERS Project has trained more than 25,000 leaders and reached a million youth in schools and community-based organizations.


could identify characteristics of unhealthy relationships


learned refusal skills that would help them to resist the pressure to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and to become sexually active.


said they learned good reasons for not having sex until marriage


said Peer Leaders impacted their decision to avoid risky behavior


Students who received the PEERS Project showed a 1.5% increase in standardized math ISTEP scores for each year that they participated. (American Journal of Health Studies)