PeerHelpers Program

For more than 20 years, the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation has been working with K-12 schools in Baldwin County, Alabama to provide the Peer Helpers Program — a comprehensive peer-to-peer prevention and support program, which operates with a cloud-based, online support tool. 

The Peer Helpers Program builds knowledge, resiliency, and coping skills in all students, and empowers them to be emotionally, socially, behaviorally, and academically successful for a lifetime.

Who are Peer Helpers?
K-12 students, who have been taught core skills in order to help identify and support their at-risk classmates. They offer their fellow students encouragement and assistance with any challenges they may be facing. Peer Helpers serve as tutors, mentors, mediators, and advocates for their peers, and assist new students in transitioning between schools and communities.

Why are they important?
According to, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, and 1-in-5 youth (ages 13-18), lives with a mental health condition.

When a young person is experiencing a crisis, they typically reach out to their peers for support long before turning to an adult. The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation is devoted to promoting the mental health of our youth, and empowering them to advocate for one another.

Explore this page to learn more about the PeerHelpers Program, and how you can implement it in your own school system.

Our mission is to empower students to be academically, socially, and emotionally successful; to recognize and resolve conflict; to value diversity; and to be advocates for positive change and healthy choices.

The Program

Program Tiers

The PeerHelpers program consists of two components, which share accessibility and tracking through an online platform called the PeerHelpers Portal.

These components address Tier 1 (Prevention) and Tier 2 (Support) of the School-Based Mental Health Model.

Peer Helpers Program tiers

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Program Background

Evidence Based

Peer Helpers is an evidence based program which improves school climate and culture, as well as meets the needs of individual students.

Check out the case studies and articles from our sister organization, Thriveway, to learn more.

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Peer Helper Portal

Each component of the Peer Helpers Program includes curriculum and materials which are housed in our secure, cloud-based support tool, the Peer Helpers Portal.

The Peer Helpers Portal is where Coordinators and Peer Helpers log their support activities, and generate valuable reports to assess the impact of the program, and mental health needs of the students at each school.

Positive Youth Development

Peer Helpers is built on the Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework. The PYD key principles include building on the strengths of young people, identifying risky behaviors early, and being proactive in addressing them.

This framework helps to promote and engage young people, while instilling leadership qualities in them.

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Are you interested in bringing the
Peer Helpers Program into your school?

If you are located in Baldwin County, Alabama, contact our team at The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation today for the full program with support at no cost to your school.


If you are located outside of Baldwin County, contact ThriveWay today to request a quote or to learn more about Peer Helpers, and what it can do for your school.


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The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation has more than 20 years’ of experience with Peer Helpers Programs in public and private K-12 schools. With this level of experience and expertise, as well as state leadership on the issue of youth suicide, many schools and school systems desire to bring our Peer Helper Program into their organization.

As the demand continued to heighten, the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation, who’s purpose is to fund and support Peer Helpers Programs in Baldwin County, AL, wanted to make this program available to others beyond our county. Because of this, our sister company, ThriveWay, was created.

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The Peer Helpers Program was established with standards and a code of ethics, processes, and training, to ensure integrity and ease of implementation.

Instituting this program not only helps schools meet state mandates, but does so in an effective and efficient manner that truly touches the lives of our youth.

ThriveWay has packaged our Peer Helpers Program so that it is both readily available to schools and organizations in other districts, and fully supported as those new programs are established and developed.

The package includes training, curriculum, software, and an online supporting tool with technical support.

ThriveWay’s Peer Helper Portal is a cloud-based support tool that houses the program curriculum, resources, and activity logs. Program evaluation is done through the reporting tools in the Portal, which access the trending youth needs on each campus.

Baldwin County
Peer Helpers

Peer Helpers Jubilee

Every year, the JCMF provides our Baldwin County Peer Helpers with a student conference called the Peer Helpers Jubilee. Due to COVID, we are providing them a virtual Conference.

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Peer Helper Students holding Mental Health Campaign t-shirts

The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation provides training, funding, and support for Peer Helper programs in all Baldwin County Public elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools, and several private school systems.

The Foundation provides many things
for our local schools such as:

Training workshops for Coordinators 

The multi-tiered curriculum for the program

Real time data tool with reporting, for school administrators 

T-shirts and lanyards, for Coordinators and Peer Helpers to be identified 

Registration, lodging, and substitutes for two Coordinators from each school, while they attend the National Peer Program Conference

Admission to the annual Peer Helper Jubilee for all Peer Helpers and Coordinators (includes event costs, speakers, lunch, transportation and substitute teachers)

Funds for each school to utilize during Peer Helpers training and meetings, as well as student outreach and support needs

Baldwin County map of JCMF partnering schools

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Peer Helpers of all ages confidentially listen to their classmates, and participate in school/community service projects. The program is tailored to the needs of each school. In general, Peer Helpers participate in these types of activities:

Elementary and intermediate school Peer Helpers welcome new students, lead kindness (anti-bullying) campaigns, present character education, and tutor younger students.

In addition to the above roles, middle school Peer Helpers may also mentor younger students, present bullying prevention and intervention information, and mediate disputes between fellow students.

High school Peer Helpers participate in the above activities, and also lead initiatives that address health/wellness, grief support, and the prevention of bullying/cyber-bullying, substance abuse, dropout, distracted driving, suicide and more.

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Peer Helping is an unforgettable experience! I will forever cherish this program because of the opportunities i’ve had to be personable with my fellow students and encourage them to overcome obstacles in their lives. I have become a better individual, inside and out, through the Peer Helping Program at my school.

Taylor C.
Foley High School

Being a Peer Helper has helped me to understand others and empathize with them. I now use these skills to effectively solve disputes and help them work through issues, and I take pride in the fact that I am now considered someone to go to in times of need.

Ariana C.
Foley High School

Peer Helpers broadened my perspective, increased my communication skills, and made me a very social and kind person. The Peer Helper Program opened my shell, changed me for the best, and made me a better individual.

Savannah Y.
Peer Helper 4 Years - J Larry Newton School

Thing thing I love most about Peer Helping is that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, this program effects everyone from elementary age students, to adults. There’s so much diversity in this group and learning to get along with every kind of personality has been the most rewarding part of my experience with Peer Helpers. I am so much more aware of others and it’s given me more confidence and made me more outgoing. This program is so incredible that i’ve decided to go into a career in education and hope to play a part in expanding the program into other schools in the future.

Candace J.

We are truly appreciative of the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation and each Peer Helper and Coordinator for making an effective difference in the lives of those who need a friend and a confidant from time to time. You truly make a remarkable, positive impact on young people, not only for the moment, but for a lifetime. Thank you for your dedication and devotion to the well-being of our youth and to our community.

Norm M.
2012-2016 President of Baldwin County Board of Education