|Peer Counseling ||Numerous and expansive studies have shown that: Students find it easier to talk with peers. Students talk with each other often regarding relationships, problems with family or friends, depression, stresses in school and many other topics. |
Peer Counseling is an instructional extension and formalization of natural behavior. Peer Counselors go through an extensive and ongoing training process prior to being allowed to serve clients. Peer Counselors are taught to maintain confidentiality as an honor to the helping process and their clients. Peer Counselors are mandated to report serious issues [including abuse and suicide concerns] to adult advisors. Peer Counselors inform each client of their responsibility to maintaining a safe environment.
Peer Counselors are trained not to give advice advice. Rather, they learn to use their active listening skills in such a way as to offer clients alternatives, expand possibilities, and consider consequences. Students do not substitute for adults who serve as critical guides, advisors, and role models.
Peer Counselors do provide effective intervention as they often experience many of the same issues as those seeking help. Peer Counselors are operating in some degree at almost every secondary school in Pomona. �
The goal of Conflict Mediation is to resolve disputes before they turn violent. Mediators are trained to use a communication model allowing disputants to verbally deal with issues. Mediators are trained to use listening, questioning and anger management skills. Mediators are sensitive to cultural and diversity issues. They use their skills as they elicit agreement between the disputants.�
|Peer Groups |
Peer Groups are regular counseling groups designed to pursue growth in a conjoint setting. Students participate in group by being referred by a counselor or teacher, parent, peer resource student, or self-referral. Participation is voluntary. Sessions are confidential and participants agree to abide by session ground rules. Groups are not usually designed around any specific topic but are heterogeneously formed. The group setting offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of teen issues. Groups are co-lead by Peer Group leaders and an adult Counselor or Peer Resource Ally.�
|Peer Group Leadership |
Peer Resource students may elect to become certified in Peer Group Leadership. Group leaders receive intensive communication skills training. They must exhibit and easy command of the Peer Helping Skills. They are given special training in group leadership. As part of their training, they may participate as a group member and experience the group process firsthand. After demonstration of competency, Peer Group Leaders, using a buddy system, lead a counseling group. An adult advisor or counselor is always present during these sessions.�
|Peer Tutoring |
Academically strong students are trained by PPR and advisors to serve as tutors. Peer Tutors are trained to use a number of tutoring techniques. They are certified in basic communication and listening skills. Tutors attempt to create a positive academic experience for their tutees. Tutors may work before, during, and after school depending on the site. Tutors may also serve at feeder schools for younger aged students. Tutors may serve ESL and Proficiency deficient peers.�
Students [junior and senior level] are trained to have a thorough understanding of high school graduation, California State University, and University of California requirements. Students work out of the Student Resource Center or Career Center "checking" four-year plans for Freshman and Sophomores. This activity is in support of certificated staff's effort to maintain four-year plans on each student. The activity is under the direct supervision of the Counseling and Career Center staff.�
|Peer Service |
A community or school service activity class. Selected Peer Helpers volunteer time to community or school entity in service to others. Students are given credit based on their hours and quality of service. A school Counselor and Peer Advisor monitors students. �
|Young Men's Circle |
The Fatherhood and Young Men's Circle is a regular support group held on three of our high school campuses [Garey, Pomona and Ganesha]. The group is designed to promote responsible behaviors and support the emotional, educational, occupational needs of young men who are young fathers. Young men who are not fathers and peer counselors are also welcome. The fatherhood group welcomes adult mentors providing young men experience and expertise.�
| Girl Talk|
Offered in English and Spanish (at some schools), Girl Talk was established 5 years ago to help high school girls address teen issues that they may encounter. Girl Talk is facilitated by peer counselors and trained adults and meets monthly or bi-weekly. Topics include: relationship issues, academic issues, time management, goal-setting, post-secondary planning, etc.
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Questions? If you'd like more information regarding the above listed programs, please contact your site, or you can call:
Sheila Balk @ 909 397-4498 x208-for information regarding schools in north Pomona or Karen Rogel @ 909 397-4451 x9-for information regarding schools in south Pomona.