Are ambassadors for the community
Have the opportunity to lead activities
Meet weekly to discuss activities and to identify key themes/problems they feel the Drop-in Center should address
Participate in the development and planning of the Safe Homes quarterly schedule
Provide peer support to other youth at the drop in center
Receive extensive training
Conduct trainings and presentations for community youth workers and educators
Our Peer Staff are divided into two different positions, each with its own primary focus and goals:
Our Peer Leaders are mainly responsible for assisting adult staff in creating a safe community for the other youth that attend the program.
In addition to all of the duties of Peer Leaders, our Peer Mentors also support the training and professional development of the Peer Leaders. They act as a step between our full-time staff members and our Peer Leaders, both in responsibility levels and job expectations.
Meet a few of our Peer Leaders!
Noah is a Peer Leader for Safe Homes and has been attending the program for about three years.
He enjoys drawing and the game Minecraft.
Otto is currently a Peer Leader at Safe Homes and has been attending the drop-in regularly since 2016. He is studying Psychology and English in college. They hope to be an LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapist someday. In his free time, they enjoy baking, collecting Sanrio toys and playing Minecraft!
Whisper is a peer leader and has been involved with Safe Homes for three years. Ve is an aspiring digital artist and animator. Ve identifies as emo/scene and indulges in 2012 internet culture. Ve loves chocolate, pickles, video games, horror, drawing, and the color green! Ve is neurodivergent and transmasculine, and is passionate about LGBTQIA+, disabled, and racial advocacy. Marshall has 6 cats!