My colleague and I had the honor of presenting at the 2018 ASCA Conference in Los Angeles! Our presentation featured how peer leadership can benefit school counseling departments as an effective strategy for assisting at-risk students. Researchers discovered that establishing a peer program promotes development assets in youth, shows effectiveness in reducing at-risk behavior in youth, leads to reductions in alcohol use and tobacco use more than teacher-led programs, shows a decline in fighting, fosters desirable learning and behavioral change and show effectiveness in a thriving community.
Each participant received a handout featuring an overview of our program in two schools from our district: Heritage High School and Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology. I am attaching a link to this overview of the peer activities from these two schools so that you can see the diverse activities and outreach of our program.
Now I want to share our presentation with high school counselors. You may want to explore establishing or expanding your own program in your school district. As always, feel free to reach out to me for assistance if you want guidance or ideas!
|Monica Seeley, Heritage High School|