Going back-to-school with Peer Health Exchange

Hello Real Talk community,

Happy summer! We’re excited to announce that we have established a new partnership with the national nonprofit organization Peer Health Exchange. Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions. They do this by training college students to facilitate a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country. In this partnership, we collect stories from real teens via our Real Talk app on a variety of topics that are covered in the Peer Health Exchange curriculum. Then, Peer Health Exchange includes these stories in their curriculum and will share information about Real Talk in a set of their classrooms this fall. We’re hoping that this partnership will empower more young people to make healthy choices, encourage them to share their own stories with others, and let them know that they’re not alone.

Photo credit: Rachel Carrillo/Peer Health Exchange

Photo credit: Rachel Carrillo/Peer Health Exchange

Here are two stories we collected in partnership with Peer Health Exchange this summer:

I feel like I’m pressured to like someone at school. And I once felt left out because someone liked all of my friends but no one had a crush on me so I felt pressured to like someone. My friends they would ask me who I liked or if anyone liked me and I would say no. I feel like all of my other friends have gone into that boy phase but I’m just not ready to tell them who I think is cute because I’m afraid my parents will find out too and it will be embarrassing. I’m a really shy person and I don’t know. It’s just that I don’t want word to spread. -- 13 y/o Real Talk user

I was at the doctor for a yearly check-up when I was 10. The doctor (who's a woman) asked if I'd had my first period yet. I told her I hadn't and I immediately saw the surprised look on her face. I was very AHEAD when it came to puberty so it was kindof embarrassing for me. I got my period the day before I started middle school (I know right?!) and I was finally able to tell my doctor. She had a conversation with me and I found out that even though she was surprised I hadn't had my period yet, she didn't get hers until she was 16! It definitely brought to light how different all girls are. -- 13 y/o Real Talk user

What else have we been up to? Vichi attended her second Camelback retreat in NYC and Cristina published a blog post about helping teens be heard. The Roddenberry Fellowship also posted a feature on Cristina found here.

Want a giggle? Liz and Vichi attended a Carolina Mudcats game at the end of July and were picked to compete in a recycling challenge in the middle of the 6th inning. Who recycles faster? Watch and see.

We hope that you had a great rest of the summer and connect with us at founders@myhealthed.org with any additional questions.

All the best,

Liz, Vichi, and Cristina

Liz Chen