Welcome Peer Helpers

You’ve trained to be a Peer Helper and you’re looking to make it work in your school.

Do you know…

  • your Roles & Responsibilities as a Peer Helper?
  • how to start your Peer Helping Body?
  • what’s happening this term?
  • about the SOS Newsletter?
  • the other Peer Helping schools?

Don’t forget to check out

  • Resources & Links
  • Youth Share

Roles & Responsibilities of a Peer Helper

  1. The Peer Helper shall be responsible for promoting and displaying positive behaviour in all his/her interactions both within and outside of the school premises.
  2. The Peer Helper shall be responsible for responsible for relaying information back to his/her class on a monthly basis on the topics presented during the course of his/her training.
  3. The Peer Helper Body shall be responsible for putting on one awareness session/presentation per term on a topic of interest for the benefit of the entire population.
  4. The Peer Helper should be able to identify the troubled student and may suggest avenues for assistance including the liaison staff person or outside agencies. S/he should not attempt to make any diagnosis or give advice that would lead the student to bring harm to himself of others.
  5. The Peer Helper shall not disclose any information told to him/her in confidence to anyone else, except if the student is threatening serious physical harm to self, others or property. In this instance the Peer Helper must refer to the liaison staff person.
  6. The Peer Helper Body should meet regularly outside of regular training to plan and discuss issues/concerns that may arise. Meeting minutes should be maintained.
  7. The Peer Helper should not use his/her badge and/or position to wield power over any student. The badge is the property of the school and should be worn with dignity. Failure to live up to any of the above Roles or Responsibilities  will result in the confiscation of the badge and expulsion from the Peer Helper Body.
  8. The Peer Helper must attend termly Saturday Follow-Ups hosted by Families in Action.
  9. The Peer Helping Body must submit a report in writing of their undertakings to Families in Action at the end of every academic year.

My school trained Peer Helpers... Now what?

Step 1: Host your first meeting

  • Elect an executive
    • co-presidents (call meetings & ensure tasks are executed)
    • secretary (keep meeting minutes)
    • treasurer (manages the group’s finances-optional)
  • Decide on a meeting day and time
  • Find a willing person on staff (Teacher, Guidance Officer, Safety Officer etc.) to help you establish yourself in the school

Step 2: Your weekly meetings

  • Review topics covered in training
  • Plan ways to market selves to school- flyers, role plays, posters, hosting assemblies etc.
  • practice mediation scenarios

Step 3: Host an information session with the staff

  • Ask the liaison staff person to help you organize this
  • Explain the benefits of having the group functioning in the school
  • Encourage them to designate an area in the school for you to conduct your meetings and sessions
  • Encourage them to refer matters to you
  • Invite them to sit in on your meetings

Step 4: Host an assembly

  • Use this as a means of introducing the group to the school and explaining its purpose

Step 5: Begin operating in your school.

As Peer Helpers you will be expected to:

  • Fulfill all Roles & Responsibilities

Remember Families in Action is only a phone call and email away.

Current Peer Helping Schools

  • Bishop Anstey High School
  • Brazil High School
  • Coryal High School
  • Holy Faith Conven, Couva
  • Mayaro Composite School
  • Naparima Boys’ College
  • Naparima Girls’ High School
  • Point Fortin West Secondary School
  • St. Augustine Girls’ High School
  • St. Augustine Secondary School