36 weeks (year)
This is an elective course designed to train and facilitate a peer helper program in the middle school. The course provides an opportunity for students to develop their support and
leadership skills in assisting others. Students are taught to help peers by learning to be more effective listeners, developing friendship skills, becoming group leaders, and being
positive role models. Course topics include self-esteem and self-exploration, communication skills, peer refusal skills, substance abuse prevention , and decision-making and problemsolving
techniques. Student activities may include mentoring, support to peers, orientation of new students, elementary outr each, and community service programs.