PEERS Celebration Event

Because of the exceptional work our Peer Leaders have put in throughout the year, The PEERS Project will be hosting a celebration event on April 25th from 6-8 p.m. to recognize our Peer Leader and their accomplishments.

Food and Fun

The event will be hosted by our Young Adult Mentors and include dinner, a photo booth, a skit competition, and a game show, all at no cost to the Peer Leaders or their families. This will be a great way for the Peer Leaders to celebrate the end of the year and all their hard work!

Location and Parking

The event will be held April 25th from 6-8 p.m. at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, 1400 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Parking is free in the Archdiocese parking lot between Meridian and Illinois.

If you or your business is interested in sponsoring the event download our Sponsorship Packet, complete, and send it in.

We hope to see you there!

PEER Leader Skit Contest

This skit contest with the theme “What Has Peers Taught Me” is open to all PEERS PROJECT Peer Leaders with a limit of one skit entry per student or group. The skit can be created by an individual student or as a group project. Prizes will be awarded winning individual or group.

Create

Create a short skit using the theme of “What Has Peers Taught Me” . The skit’s purpose is to show how the lessons taught by Peers can carry over into everyday life. This can include but is not limited to how teens can say no to risky behaviors, how they can avoid peer pressure, or acting out cognitive dissonance.

Technical specifications:

Skits should be 2-5 minutes in length. The skits cannot match any of the skits in the PEERS curriculum.

NOTE: The skit must be an original work. No copyrighted material (music, images, etc.) or trademarks (company names, logos, brands, etc.) may be used unless you own or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted or trademarked materials.

Compete

  1. No entry fees!
  2. A written release is required from each person. This authorization assures that those involved know that the skit may be shown publicly without further consent required. The release(s) must accompany the submission form. It must be signed by the participant(s), and if the participant/student is a minor it must be signed by the student’s parent/guardian.
  3. Skit content must not promote illegal behavior; discriminate against or support invidious prejudice toward others along ethnic, racial, religious, or sexual grounds; invade the privacy of any person; support or oppose a candidate for elective office or advocate for the passage or defeat of legislation or a ballot measure; or otherwise be inappropriate as determined by The PEERS PROJECT.
  4. Judging will be by professionals in media, public relations, and education.

Celebrate

Prizes will be awarded at the 2016-2017 Year End Celebration:

Grand Prize

The winning skit (whether individual student or group) will be posted on The PEERS PROJECT website +$100 cash prize. The grand prize will be awarded based on overall message, use of creativity.

Creativity Prize

The winning individual or group will receive PEERS swag (hoodies, t-shirt, etc).

Authorization
By entrant(s) submitting the skit, it is agreed that THE PEERS PROJECT, a nonprofit organization, has the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, and display the skit for any organizational purpose, without notification, consent or compensation to the entrant(s). THE PEERS PROJECT organizational purpose includes, but is not limited to, displaying the skit on peersproject.org website, social media sites, at conferences, events, or other venues. Entrant also agrees that the releases required from participants (see “Compete” section above) have been submitted with the skit entry.

Questions?

Contact Joe Pickard at THE PEERS PROJECT of Indiana. joe@peersproject.org

New Young Adult Mentor Program

We are excited to announce a new young adult mentor program for college students 18 – 23 years of age for the 2016-2017 school year.

As a part of the enhanced PEERS Project curriculum, college students are invited to become Young Adult Mentors for the high school PEER Leaders.

As a Young Adult Mentor you will:

  • Develop a personal mission statement
  • Receive training on the PEERS curriculum and specific health education topics
  • Participate in a Peer Leader workshop and campus visit at IUPUI
  • Attend 1 practice or presentation of the PEER Leaders
  • Host a year end celebration for the PEER Leaders

Young Adult Mentors are expected to:

  • Have a desire to live a healthy lifestyle, and seek healthy relationships
  • Have a desire to learn about key issues impacting young adults
  • Be respectful and sincere in your social media postings (No explicit photos, indications of drug and/or alcohol use, or profanity).

Sound good? Complete the YAM application 2017 and mail (The PEERS Project 1400 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202) or email (contact@peersproject.org) to apply as a college mentor.

Advanced Training for PEER Leaders and students

Through a new partnership with Health Ed Pros for the 2016-2017 school year, the PEERS Project is able to offer advanced training for PEER Leaders and additional classroom training and education for the middle school students.

Training for the PEER Leaders will include opportunities for further learning on specific health topics. Middle school students will benefit from Health Ed Pros providing the first classroom lesson to discuss the “uncomfortable” stuff and field specific health questions.

As an organization, the mission of Health Ed Pros is to provide health education programming for students, teachers, and staff. Health Ed Pros staff has over 75 years of combined health education expertise including: curriculum development, staff development, and program delivery for early childhood – adults.

Sponsor our 2017 Celebration

Each year the PEERS Project reaches to business & civic leaders like you to continue our work with the youth in our community. This year we are excited to introduce new sponsorship program that will further benefit both of our organizations.

On April 25th The PEERS Project will be hosting a celebratory event for our Peer Leaders and their families to recognize the achievements of the Peer Leaders throughout the course of the year.

The event will be free for the Leaders and families, so we need your help!

Download the sponsorship packet, complete, and send your payment by March 9.

Thank you for supporting our 150 Peer Leaders who are positively influencing over 2,500 of their peers!

It’s My Life

I am ready for the world. I am a strong leader. To be a leader you have to know how to serve and discipline yourself to walk the life you preach about. I grew up around and under the influence of strong powerful leaders. Most of them were women. I was raised in church which has helped shape and mold me into the young man that I am. Church has had a positive effect on my life. When I was about nine years old I truly accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I desired to become a leader when I was ten years old and my Bishop saw and felt the anointing on my life and ordained me as a youth minister at ten years old. I even realized then that I was ready for this calling.

God has truly been testing me and molding me to be a strong leader still until this day. I’ve realized over the past few years in my life that most of our difficulties in life as leaders come from not trusting in the Lord to lead us or being spiritually led. Instead we try to plan too much and do things our way. I feel in my heart that I am ready for the world. The Peers Project has helped me realize that the youth really needs strong leaders…leaders that aren’t just preaching to them, but are getting on the same level as the youth…really trying to understand their hurt and struggle and why they think violence is the answer to everything. This program has allowed me to see different environments and sit in the midst of these kids who, on the inside are crying for help and seeking someone to really love them. They need someone who can show them that they can trust somebody. That’s why I’m ready for the world, because I know my purpose and calling. I’m willing to pay the price to help somebody. Nobody promised us that the road we travel would be a smooth and easy ride, but if we come together in unity and strive towards the mark I believe we can reach success. Nobody is perfect, but if we can be in peace with ourselves and help support our brothers and sisters, we can make it.

By: Mike Williams

 

It’s My Life Campaign


            In today’s society it is almost impossible for a teenager to abstain from drugs, sex, and alcohol. The world’s view of drugs, sex, and alcohol makes us believe that it is okay to participate in these risky behaviors. We get constant views in the media of sex and drugs. Especially in the music that we listen to and what we watch on television.

 

Even though many teens are participating in these risky behaviors a majority of them are not. I am in the majority. I am ready to face the world despite the many temptations that are presented to me every day. Many African American teenage females such as myself are the victims of the worst stereotypes. Many people believe we are doomed to fail since given the fact that the majority of teenagers have to drop out because we have a high rate of pregnancy.

 

I am ready for the world because I have been faced with many temptations of society and I have made the decision to be different. I surround myself around people that want the best for me. This whole summer I worked with Peer’s Project to help mentor people my age and younger and to help them to choose to live a healthier lifestyle like I did. Therefore I am ready for the world. 

By: LaSeptra Campbell , Tindley High School Juniorlasaeptra

It’s My Life

chaseThe PEERS Project has partnered with Radio One to share the stories of several teens and how they choose to live healthy lifestyles. You can hear these stories at: www.youtube.com/peersproject

PEERS has thousands of teen leaders like these around the state who are choosing to avoid risky behaviors. For the next four weeks we will share their stories here.

As a child we were pushed on the swing by our mother, father or a parent figure. For me it was my mother whom always pushed me on the swing. “I’ll give you one underdog then you got to swing by yourself: Ready… set…go,” she shouts as she pushes me as high as she could, and then makes a sudden run under me. Then to the park bench she goes to watch her “little birdy” swing by herself.

Learning how to swing by yourself without that head start of an underdog can be rough at first, but once you get the swing of things it seems pretty simple. You have to learn to be ready for the world even if you don’t feel as if you are quite ready yet. Learning to push yourself can seem as if one of the hardest challenges in the world, but in the end all you really have is yourself and your own two feet to lead you, or swing you as high as you wish to go.

Joining the Peers Project has made me realize that I’m not alone. I may have struggled to push myself as high as I could but I did it, I succeeded. There are many kids who went through or are going through the same things. You’re never alone. I’m ready to jump off the swing and walk by myself. Therefore I am ready for the world and whatever it has to offer for me.

by: Chase-Marie Rider, 17

SUIT UP to fight bullying

danny keefeIn The PEERS Project our PEER Leaders – teen instructors- work hard to teach others to stand up against bullying. PEER Leaders do this through teaching in the classroom how to be assertive with bullying through our three assertiveness techniques. More importantly, PEER leaders live a life where they stand up for those who are being bullied and are bully preventers, not just bully bystanders.

Here is one story to share how youth stood up to fight bullying. Shortly after birth, Danny Keefe suffered a brain hemorrhage that left him with a speech impediment so severe that the meticulously dressed six-year-old found himself being teased and picked on in kindergarten… but, not for long, because Danny’s friends on the Bridgewater Badgers 5th grade football team had his back. They didn’t rough anybody up, which one might have expected.
Instead, they put on a display of solidarity and brotherly love that moved an entire community, and started a movement that quickly spread to surrounding towns. www.danimalsarmy.org

PEERS New Training Videos

The PEERS Project has been working with Good Vibes Media, Inc. to create training videos for PEERS’ teen leaders. It has been exciting to see how PEERS Educating PEERS 9 lessons were put into script form so that teens across the state will be able to watch the videos on YouTube to learn how to present in the classroom.

The training videos will describe presentation styles and how to engage with the middle school students receiving PEERS. There is also a video which goes into detail about the teen brain and how it works. FYI, the teen brain is extremely different from the adolescent and adult brain. It is crucial for PEER Leaders to understand how their own brain works and the younger teen they are engaging with.

Jordan Southwood, 17 year old Senior at North Montgomery High School was on of 7 actors. Jordan shared, “I thought it (filming) went very well. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed meeting other PEER Leaders from different schools.”

All in all, PEERS hopes this tool will allow teens to learn positive youth develop in a fun and entertaining format.

Check one of our new training videos here.

 

PEERS Filming Training Videos