The Build Her Up - Summer Peer Institute

Young women 14-17 years of age learn critical thinking and coping skills in order to build self esteem. Scholars teach gender-sensitive, evidence-based health prevention workshops and address co-occuring mental health issues by and for young women and girls.

The Summer Peer Institute takes in 35 Boston-based employees each year who become Road Scholars through our 7-week paid peer leadership training program.

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  • 2013 Build Her Up scholars
  • 2013 Build Her Up scholars
  • BHU scholars attend the 2013 First Annual Boston Urban Arts Festival
  • 2013 Build Her Up scholars having fun
  • 2013 Build Her Up scholars
  • Dr. Sunni Rumsey Amatullah speaks to 2013 BHU scholars
  • Dr. Sunni Rumsey Amatullah speaks to 2013 BHU scholars
  • A BHU scholar works in the computer lab at Simmons College
  • 2010 First Annual Build Her Up Award Ceremony
  • 2010 First Annual Build Her Up Award Ceremony
  • The Harvard School of Dental Medicine gives BHU scholars free dental screenings
  • Marc Wayshak teaches BHU scholars how to break boards in his "Breaking Through" workshop
  • Proud BHU scholars hold up their boards that they broke in Mark Wayshak's workshop, "Breaking Through"
  • BHU scholars learn how to break boards in Marc Wayshak's "Breaking Through" workshop
  • Marc Wayshak teaches BHU scholars how to break boards in his "Breaking Through" workshop
  • Marc Wayshak teaches BHU scholars how to break boards in his "Breaking Through" workshop
  • Marc Wayshak gives a motivational speech to BHU scholars
  • BHU scholars enjoy a day in the Boston Gardens
  • 2011 BHU scholars hang out in the computer lab at Simmons College
  • 2011 Build Her Up Scholars
  • 2011 Build Her Up Scholars
  • Build Her Up Blood Drive
  • 2012 BHU Scholars
  • Latina girls at the 2010 First Annual Build Her Up Ceremony
  • BHU scholars speak during the 2010 First Annual Build Her Up Award Ceremony
  • Sandra Allonen, RD, nutritionist from Beth Israel Hospital, visits BHU scholars
  • Substance abuse workshop with Charles Poncho Brown of Codman Square Community Health Center
  • Substance abuse workshop with Charles Poncho Brown of Codman Square Community Health Center
  • Mothers for Justice and Equality & Citizens For Safety speak to Build Her Up scholars
  • TiElla Grimes, IGYDP Veteran Staff member, engages BHU scholars in a "Real Talk" group discussion about physical fitness
  • TiElla Grimes, IGYDP Veteran Staff member, engages BHU scholars in a "Real Talk" group discussion about physical fitness
  • The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health speaks to BHU scholars
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