Peer Solutions is an Arizona-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to foster healthy communities while working to prevent the underlying causes of harm, including silence/denial, oppression and violence perceived as normal, before they begin. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Peer Solutions’ Mission: to cultivate healthy communities through STAND & SERVE (S&S), a primary prevention initiative fostering safety, equality and respect as norms.
STAND & SERVE is a peer-leadership initiative designed by and for the schools, families and communities we serve.
STAND & SERVE was piloted in 1997 at Tempe High School with support from the Arizona Department of Health Services. We now facilitate weekly activities with 12 school communities with the support of over 20 partners. 30,000 individuals are exposed to activities annually.
STAND & SERVE works to prevent child abuse, sexual, relationship, family, gang, gun and school violence, suicide, depression, oppression, substance abuse, eating disorders/poor body image, poor school performance, homelessness and more before they begin. To prevent one is to prevent them all as the underlying conditions that lead to their existence including violence perceived as normal, silence/denial and oppression, are similar, if not the same.
STAND & SERVE is a peer-leadership initiative designed by and for the schools, families and communities we serve. S&S members are provided with tools and opportunities to bring their communities together to define the problem and design the solution. S&S members develop, facilitate and evaluate activities, serve on the Peer Solutions Board of Directors and facilitate at local and national conferences. S&S has been showcased as a promising model across the country including Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming. Tell us what you think on Facebook.