Goal

The PEERS Project creates leaders that are committed to their values, and making positive choices in their lives!

At the end of the program, students will understand:

  1. How choices impact my future (in regards to Media Influences, Personal Relationships, and Risky Behaviors)
  2. What are the external influences and internal justifications that influence my choices

Learn more about the program’s expected outcomes.

How do we achieve this?

By creating a network of positive influences for students to interact with and learn from:

  • Accredited Adult Health Educators (Health Pros Ed) – who train Young Adult Mentors and PEER Leaders as well as provide a day of instruction for middle school students
  • Young Adult Mentors – who provide mentorship for PEER Leaders, facilitate a campus visit day, host a year end celebration for PEER Leaders, attend classroom presentations as needed
  • PEER Leaders (high school students who apply and are accepted) – who facilitate classroom sessions for the middle school students

Structure

The PEERS Project is a 4 day curriculum in the middle school classroom. Everyone who enters the classroom has received training and mentoring.

Day 1 – Accredited Adult Health Educators facilitate sessions on health education. These adults answers any ‘tough’ questions.

Days 2, 3, 4 – PEER Leaders facilitate 3 days of interactive sessions on media influences, relationships, and risky behaviors.

Content

Participants will create a Personal Mission Statement that answers three questions:

  • What is my life about?
  • What do I stand for?
  • What action am I taking to live what my life is about and what I stand for?

Accredited Adult Health Educators and PEER Leaders focus instruction on how decisions relating to:

  • Media Influences
  • Personal Relationships
  • Risky Behaviors (adolescent sexual activity, drugs, alcohol and tobacco)

impact us in both the short and long term; and how External Influences (peers, family, neighborhood, school) and Internal Justification (self-rationalization, changing beliefs to fit behaviors) influence personal choices and behaviors.

Specifically, all students (middle school through college) will l receive instruction designed around:

  • Values: Identifying and defending personal values
  • Personal Efficacy: Increase confidence in the ability to engage in refusal skills and avoid situations that could lead to risky behaviors
  • Future Impact: Raise the level of understanding that risky behaviors can interfere with goals regarding health, education, careers, marriage, and happiness
  • Independence from Peer Influence: Increase the desire and ability to follow own value system and personal goals, and increase communication skills
  • Self-Justification: Understand how rationalization and justification are often used to legitimize initiation or continuation of risky behaviors

The Teen Pledge

commitmentcard

I care about and respect myself and others. I want the best life possible for myself and my future family.

  • I will abstain from sexual activity
  • I will seek out healthy relationships
  • I will learn to lead
  • I will not bully
  • I will say no to drugs
  • I will avoid risky behaviors