Norma Clements Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org 307-276-3324 ext 4144
307-276-3324 ext 4113
BPHS PEER MENTOR PROGRAM
Peer mentor program goals include:
-Reduction in bullying
- – Improved academic performance (usually defined through grades or standardized test scores)
- – Improved feelings of scholastic competence and confidence
- – Improved relations with peers, teachers, and other school personnel
- – Increased attendance and class participation
- – Improved homework completion
- – Increased access to other school resources (such as the library or computer lab)
- – Reductions in classroom disruptions, fighting, and other negative school behavior
- – Increased exploration of, or acceptance to, secondary education opportunities
- – Improved job placement or career exploration
ADULT ADVISOR RECRUITMENT
Adult advisers may volunteer or be recruited by the school administrator.
- Attend training (with students and Train the Trainer)
- Attend meetings with Peer Mentors to discuss mentoring concerns, issues, strategies.
- Advise peer mentors if they are having difficulties with the mentee.
- Students assigned to a specific adviser for the duration of the program to develop long-term working relationship. Changes made only when mutually agreed.
- Participate in annual training of new Peer Mentors.
PEER MENTOR RECRUITMENT
Peer Mentors in grades 9-12 will be selected based on a recommendation by the High School staff.
What are benefits to the peer mentor for participating?
New skills that will benefit them in school/life/careers
Must commit to:
- Attend and participate in training
- Attend and participate in meetings with Advisers to plan activities and work with Mentees.
- Serve as a mentor to one student, who will be matched by the Advisers.
- Participate in monthly formal planned activities with Peer Mentors/Mentees.
- Serve as role model school-wide by standing up for district values
BPHS staff members will identify students who need mentoring.
A parent may also refer a student for mentoring.
- Improved academic performance (grades, fewer weeks on the down list, homework completion, attendance, attitude)
- Improved social/behavioral performance at school (reduced behavior referrals, better school attendance, fewer detentions, more friends, better attitude as reports by teachers and other adults)
- Opportunity to develop leadership skills.
- Develop a trusting relationship with an older student.
- Leadership training of advisers and peer mentors by Search Institute; subsequent training will be conducted by advisers.
- Training of trainers for advisers.
- Participants agree to model district values of Respect, Excellence, Integrity, Responsibility, Empathy, and Courage.
- Participants agree to confidentiality.
- 24-36 Peer mentors selected and trained via application and teacher referral.
- 24-36 Mentees referred by teacher/ other adults.
- Bi-monthly planned activities for mentor/mentee during lunch.
- Monthly adviser/mentor meetings to discuss concerns, issues, and strategies.
- Informal mentoring by peer mentors by serving as a role model who stands up for students who are being bullied, gossiped about, picked on, or standing up against behaviors that do not reflect our district values.
- Evaluation of program: surveys for advisers, peer mentors, and mentees. On-line surveys will be created/administered.
- Evaluation data will include bullying statistics (for reporting to state grant), as well as data about attendance, grades, down the list, annual youth risk survey.
- Search Institute 40 Developmental Assets of Youth will be used as a basis for building skills of mentees.