In each area you will find websites and materials that we have found to be informative. As our work progresses, we will continue to add and update items.


Vesper Society project partners provide services that support the healthy development of youth in their communities throughout California. These websites provide useful information regarding developmental assets and peer helpers in support of youth.

Search Institute

Search Institute’s vision is to create a world where all young people are valued and thrive. Their mission is to provide catalytic leadership, breakthrough knowledge, and innovative resources to advance the health of children, youth, families, and communities. It achieves its mission by conducting and producing practical research, publications, tools, training, and conferences for community leaders, young people, and adults who work with youth.

Project Cornerstone

Project Cornerstone is working to mobilize the entire community in California’s Silicon Valley to shift from reacting to children and youth as problems to connecting with them so they thrive. Project Cornerstone uses the developmental assets developed by Search Institute to describe the positive things that youth need in life to help them feel valued, respected and known in their community and to help you find “sparks” – the passions and interests that make you feel energized and happy.

National Association of Peer Program Professionals (NAPPP)

NAPPP’s vision is to establish a culture of people helping people. Their mission is to help adults establish, train, supervise, maintain and evaluate peer programs.


Training Peer Helpers: Coaching Youth to Communicate, Solve Problems, and Make Decisions, by Barbara B. Varenhorst, Ph.D. (2010).


Why Peer Helping? by Barbara B. Varenhorst, Ph.D.


Vesper Society project partners provide direct health services in communities across California. These websites provide useful overall information in the health issues we are involved in.

Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo

Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo serves patients in Imperial and East Riverside counties in rural southeast California. They provide comprehensive pediatric asthma services and developed the Respira Sano Asthma Toolkit, which is available for distribution. Click here to read a description of the toolkit.

California Breathing

California Breathing is dedicated to improving the lives of people with asthma in California by leading the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Asthma in California. It is housed in the California Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Investigations Branch.

La Clínica de La Raza

La Clinica’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the diverse communities they serve by providing culturally appropriate, high-quality, and accessible health care for all.  Click here to read the five year evaluation of La Clínica’s Behavioral Health Integration program.

California Telehealth Network (CTN)

CTN’s mission is to promote advanced information technologies and services to improve access to high quality healthcare focusing on medically underserved and rural California.

Integrated Behavioral Health Project (IBHP)

IBHP is an initiative to accelerate the integration of behavioral health services and primary care in California.  The website is hosted by the California Mental Health Services Authority.

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

The mission of ADA is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.


From the far northeastern corner of California (Modoc County) to the most southeastern part of the state (Imperial County) and everywhere in-between, we appreciate the unique history of each community.

We encourage you to learn more about these places where our project partners reside by clicking on the links below.

Imperial County Historical Society – Pioneers Park Museum

Modoc County Historical Museum

East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum

Here are the official websites for each county government.

Imperial County

Modoc County

Contra Costa County

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