SOUTH ALLEGHENY PEER HELPERS ASSOCIATION
Mission Statement: South Allegheny Peer helpers is a hard-working, dedicated group of trained young adults who will listen, offer support and reference materials to guide others toward healthy living. This will assist in creating a more emotionally supportive environment for the school and community.
Who will benefit from the program? Any student in grades 7 - 12 has the opportunity to benefit from the program.
Who can refer a student to the program? Teachers, Administrators, guidance Counselors, Students (themselves) and Parents.
How can someone refer a student to the program? Forms can be found in both the high school and middle school offices, guidance office, and the library. Completed sheets can be returned to Mrs. Duval or to any guidance counselor.
How do Peer Helpers help? Transition programs, new student information packets, buddies (helping others sort out concerns, brainstorm ideas, and provide practical help), academic assistants (help students to set goals, consider options, and plan actions), referral agents (help students get connected to the appropriate specialists), Awareness Program Coordinators, Role Models, Outreach Workers (reaching out to those in need)
What Peer Helpers is NOT: Peer Helpers do not make decisions for others. They may suggest alternatives, identify consequences, or share experiences, but they do not give advice or tell others what to do. Peer helpers do not provide therapy of treatment. They are not replacements for professional service providers.