2020 -2021 PEER Project Interns
Vanessa Sandoval graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Stanislaus State University. Vanessa is originally from the Bay Area and relocated to the Central Valley alongside her family. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cycling, and spending time with family. Vanessa enjoys learning about new wellness techniques that she can incorporate into her day-to-day life.
Mandy Schloss graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Early Childhood Studies from Sonoma State University. Mandy is originally from the Bay Area and relocated about 3 years ago. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with her two adopted kittens, Phoebe and Sadie.
Yolanda Verduzco graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Stanislaus State University. Yolanda is a Bay Area native, originally from Oakland California, and graduated from Oakland High School. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking road trips, doing arts and crafts, exercising, and taking part in various wellness activities.
PEER Project creates prevention and education-related activities to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health issues and reduce student suicide. We aim to increase awareness, promote wellness and acceptance, and empower students to help them find relief.
PEER Project interns are Master of Social Work (MSW) students who are trained to facilitate workshops on mental wellness and suicide prevention. PEER Project is sustained through a Student Mental Health Partnership with representatives from Stanislaus County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (BHRS), Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), Modesto Junior College (MJC) & Stanislaus State. Program coordination is facilitated through the HEP Office, and intern oversite and supervision are provided by MSW Faculty Jen Johnson, LCSW.
Our interns and professional staff work hard to bring about awareness and education for the Stanislaus State community.