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    The National Association of Peer Program Professionals has defined peer helping as a "variety of supportive services initiated by peers in diverse settings.  Peers are individuals who share common characteristics and experiences." 

     

    Peer programs simply involve people helping other people. When people experience frustrations, worries, concerns, and other life events, they typically turn to their friends, not professionals, for help, advice, practical assistance, and support. The peer programs that the National Association of Peer Program Professionals support have various names such as peer helping, peer counseling, peer education, peer leadership, peer health education, peer mediation, peer tutoring, peer mentoring and others. Peers do not replace licensed or certified professionals or practitioners, but often serve as an extension of the services these professionals provide. Through much research and evaluation, peer programs have been found to be one of the most proven and effective prevention strategies.


    The peer helpers are often times young people, trained and supervised by professionals, who adhere to ethics and standards endorsed by helping professionals and the National Association of Peer Program Professionals.  Peer helpers often become preventive agents who identify problems and encourage others to seek the necessary help from appropriate professionals. Peer helpers provide people with opportunities for learning, guidance, emotional support, and growth which translates to reduced drug and alcohol involvement, higher academic skills, reduced HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancy, reduced conflict, increased understanding of differences, and increased service to others. By helping others, peer helpers often increase their own self-esteem and personal functioning.

    Our 2017-2018 Peer Helpers are:

     

    Fountain

    Hunter

    Watts

    Bates Birdsong

    Abby Jordan

    Emma Lopez

    Ella Mims

    Graycie Allen

    Noah Clark

    Jay Davidson

    Hannah Greene

    Swayze Razzano

    Laura Callister

    Taylor Helms

    Maddox Marino

    Stephen Mathews

    Gracelynn Mercante

    Amari Yelding

    Autrey

    Cunningham

    Seibert

    Naomi Canegitta

    Vanessa Alexander

    Landon Bedsole

    Benjamin Tapley

    Sophie West

    Chloe Ayres

    Gunter Cole

    Henry George

    Cooper Nix