Peer Helping is based on the documented fact that students most often seek out other students for help when they are experiencing some frustration, concern, worry or problem.
The Peer Helping model has been proven to be an effective means of building student awareness, self-esteem, and social interaction skills by providing positive educational contacts with students trained as a role model and helping friends.
Objectives of Peer Helping are:
- To provide the opportunity to establish meaningful and caring relationships with their peers.
- To train in helping skills such as: listening, empathy, communications and problem-solving.
- To provide the opportunity to participate in positive school activities such as Peer Pals, Peer Friends, Welcoming New Students, Peer Helpers Outside Program, tour guides for visitors to name a few.
- To develop and enhance leadership, self-esteem and inter-personal skills.
- To help create a school climate in which everyone demonstrates caring for others.
- To extend the guidance and counseling services of the school through the use of Peer Helpers such as in the Peer Pal / Buddy.