PeerHelpers Program

PeerHelpers consists of two components which share accessibility and tracking through an online platform. The program components address Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the School-based Mental Health Model. Tier 1 is addressed through the K-12 all student prevention curriculum is called P.A.T.H. – Prevention & Awareness for Total Health.  Tier 2 layer to identify and support at-risk students is done through our peer-to-peer support component Peer Helpers. Peer Helpers is an evidence based program which improves school climate and culture as well as meets the needs of individual students. The program is structured and turn key yet customizable enough to adjust to meet the mental health needs of each school.

What Is Peer Helping?

Peer Helping is a variety of supportive services initiated by peers of elementary, middle, and high school students in diverse settings. Peer Helpers are young people who are trained and supervised by professionals.

Peer Helpers students are taught a set of core skills that empower them to assist fellow students with emotional, societal, behavioral, and educational challenges they face in day-to-day life. Peer Helping can be setup as a club or a course. The program covers several of the issues that affect our youth today, such as:

bullying | parental divorce | body image | family sickness | grief and coping | depression

Roles Of Peer Helpers

Peer Helpers serve as tutors, mentors, mediators, and advocates for their peers and assist new students in transitioning between schools and communities.

Why Peer Helping?

The concept of Peer Helping is based on the fact that when a young person is seeking help, validation or guidance, they turn to a peer first and reach out to their parents much later, if at all. Therefore, it is our youth that we will continue to empower to support one another because they make the greatest positive impact.

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Peer Helpers Portal

The Peer Helpers Portal is a cloud-based, support tool of Peer Helpers.
The Portal houses the program Curriculum, Resources and Activity Logs. Program evaluation is done through the reporting tools in the Portal which accesses the trending youth needs on each campus.