Peering Your Peers

Peering Your Peers

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One on One Peer Support and Mentoring

Living in the margins of society is difficult enough without having to deal with the ramifications that living a marginalized lifestyle causes, such as mental, physical and emotional health issues.

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Like a cut rose laying on the street, marginalized individuals often feel helpless in our society, waiting for someone to pick them up and put them into a glass of water so that they may live a little longer.

Peering Your Peers believes that in empowering the marginalized population you greatly increase their drive and desire to improve their level of living. [Nina Wallerstein (1992) Powerlessness, Empowerment, and Health: Implications for Health Promotion Programs. American Journal of Health Promotion: January/February 1992, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 197-205]

If you find that you or someone who you know needs assistance in finding, claiming and using their strengths and abilities in order to empower themselves than take the first step and contact Peering Your Peers.

I take my personal experiences living as a marginalized individual and my journey of empowerment in order to provide you the support you need to start your own journey. I do not ‘push’ or ‘force’ anyone to do anything, I do provide support in making positive decisions and give guidance as to where to start or what the next step should be.

Remember that nobody or no thing can, or should, control your life but you. Take back the power and control. Become someone. Hold your head high, not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well.

Contact me and lets start your journey of empowerment today.

Services

Peering Your Peers supplies Peer Training and Peer Program Consultation.

Developing Peer Program guidelines, manuals and training materials for a wide range of applications Peering Your Peers offers assistance in the implementation of experiential adult Peer Support services.

Specializing in adult training and support, (specializing in marginalized adult demographics dealing with homelessness and/or living with substance issues, mental health issues and trauma), Peering Your Peers trains Peer Supporters how to meet people where they are in life and support them in a manner that results in a positive outcome.

 

Throughout our lives our paths cross those of many others….

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If you work for a nonprofit organization then you know that a variety of people with a variety of backgrounds continuously come through the door.  Each of these individuals has skill sets and abilities that could be of assistance to either your organization or someone else involved in your organization. Peering Your Peers helps in identifying those skill sets and, if the individual is willing to volunteer their time and services to your organization, place that volunteer accordingly. In not doing so nonprofit organizations are overlooking or mishandling one of their most cost-effective and valuable resources. In order to ensure that all aspects of cost savings are explored and that your volunteers and clients feel like they are invaluable, there must be a comprehensive list of your volunteers and/or clients abilities and skill sets. Doing so does take time but in the end is well worth the money and effort as you find the resources internally that allow you to expand your impact as you strive to fulfill your mission. Sometimes this means creating new Peer Initiatives that will allow for the use of those skill sets and abilities, other times if involves redeveloping already existing programs or initiatives to allow for the use of these newly identified assets.

Contact me and let me show you how your organization can to obtain growth through resources already at your fingertips.

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

September 3, 2013

After spending your whole life as a marginalized individual you start to limit yourself.  You adopt the stigma’s of society without even realizing what you are doing.  Remember, you can do more than you think you can.

If you look back through history you will find individuals that did something monumental that left an impression on society in some way.  Some of these monumental moments in time affected the world as we know it while other only affected a small number of people.  Neither of these monumental moments is more vital to life as we know it than the other.

One of the biggest facets these people had to face was Stigma.  They did something that no one else dared to do, many times they were labeled as ‘crazy’ or ‘insane’ by those around them but as time went on the contributions they made were recognized.  Unfortunately they never got to hear people say ‘sorry we didn’t support you’.

Galileo, Einstein, Mother Theresa, Newton, Watson, Gates, Zimmerman, the list goes on and on.  Each of them made vital contributions to the shaping of the world as we know it. Each of them did it using a combination of their skills, abilities, formal and informal education.

If some of the greatest figures in time could make such a huge contribution to our way of life than who is to say that you couldn’t do it either.  With an encouraging support network in place and a positive lifestyle then there is no reason that any of us can not be part of the next big monumental moment in time.

The only boundaries we have are ones we set.  It is good to set personal boundaries for safety, health, etc., but we do not have to set boundaries on our potential.  When a boxer throws a punch they do not throw their punch at the person they are fighting, they are actually throwing their punch at an area behind the person standing in their way.  That is the way that we should be in all area’s of our lives.

So starting today I challenge you that every time you do something to ask yourself, am I aiming to do what I know I can do? or am I going to push myself a little bit further today and do just a bit better, a bit more, a bit more thoroughly?