About the Program
A peer leader is an 11th or 12th grade student who either one-on-one or in a group, listens and helps their peer find a solution to his/her problems. They can either be a friend or an outsider looking in, but the goal of the peer leaders is to support the ECHS student body. Peer Leaders are trained and supervised by the Intervention Counselor.
Types of Peer Leading
One-on-One: A peer leader can sit with a student in need of someone to talk to. Using active listening techniques they can help a student feel better about their situation or schedule a follow-up meeting.
Conflict Mediation: A set of peer leaders will sit with students in conflict to reach a resolution to stop any problems they are facing and try to prevent them from happening again. Agreements are reached and a contract is signed.
Self-Referral: students can request to see a peer leader by filling our a green request sheet in the counseling office and turning it in to the Peer Leader mailbox.
Staff Referral: If a staff member feels that a student of theirs could benefit from peer leader services, they can contact the intervention counselor through email or phone or by filling out a request form in the counseling office.
Mediation helps people work through a disagreement. Mediation is a process in which a trained, impartial person helps disputing parties communicate and understand their concerns and needs in a situation, identify and consider possible solution options, reach a mutually agreeable solution and put the agreement into a written form.
The mediator does not take sides or push for any one solution. Mediators maintain a neutral role. Medication focuses on the future, not the past, and what will resolve the conflict.
A successful mediation process can help both sides to:
- improve communication
- define issues and concerns
- clarify viewpoints, interests and positions
- generate options and alternatives for resolving problems
- reach general understandings
Students may be referred to go through the conflict mediation process by a dean, teacher or counselor. There are times where a Peer Leader serves as the mediator and others where a Counselor or Dean will. Students may also request a mediation in the counseling office.