The PEERS Project curriculum addresses the challenges faced by teens today and is backed by scientific research on the teen brain, key predictors for change, and the effectiveness of peer to peer mentoring.
Statistics show that risky behaviors are intertwined. For example,
Peer to Peer Mentoring
As you know, teens are surrounded by negative peer pressure every day. Positive peer support systems, such as The PEERS Project, help teens avoid reckless behaviors.
Youth are highly influenced by a desire to please their friends and to be part of the “in crowd.” It is much easier for young people to choose to avoid reckless behaviors if their friends share these values and they are empowered by fellow peers who they can relate more with.
Teens have an influential role over their younger peers because they are actually “walking the talk” by having healthy relationships and avoiding risky behaviors, including alcohol and other drugs, and sexual activity.
Compared to teens who engage in reckless behaviors, teens who avoid them are more likely:
- To perform better academically
- To reach future goals
- To have a healthy self-image
- To have greater resistance to peer pressure and more respect for parental and societal values