About our mascot, Peppy Penerson
Since launching, all our outreach materials have been chosen and created by youth volunteers.
In February 2016, the pen our volunteers were drawn to was one with a smiling face and intense feather hair. Staff then took these pens to resource fairs, school events, and other youth-friendly locations in Clark County. Young people really liked the pen, the small cheerful source of our contact information.
Later in 2016, volunteers brainstormed creative ways to reach out to teens using social media. Due to the anonymity of our volunteers, we decided our smiling pen would serve as our collective face. Our face needed a name—many were submitted, the voting was intense, and ultimately Peppy Penerson became the name and face of kindness and support we provide.
In 2017, a national online magazine featured Peppy for being a creative way to promote a program and spread positive messages about mental health to youth.
In March 2016, we invested in promoting our firm value on diversity in strong intentional ways by asking the distributor of the Peppy pens to make them available in multicultural colors. In December 2017, we received the very first shipment of multicultural Peppys. We are thrilled Peppy can share multiple faces—all of which share kindness and support.
In 2018, we shared