Peer 2 Peer Counseling


students discussing class work

The programs pairs youths to provide social and emotional support to each other. Usually students in upper classes will be paired with young students. They can share general life experiences, offer advice on study skills, test taking skills, school life, and such. Peers don’t counsel, but have good experience with school life—academic and social; so the young peers peer can easily relate with them. The goal is to help first-year students cope with the demands of academic life and be successful. They talk one-on-one discussing whatever might be helpful. And if counseling is warranted, the older peer will help guide their peers to the right staff to receive appropriate help.

Through this exercise youth gain self-esteem, confidence, sense of trust and build health relationships. At the same time, it is a way to give back by being present to each other.