Peer to Peer

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A transition program that trains peer leaders to mentor students throughout that crucial first year of high school.

Peer to Peer is an effective mentoring program that supports students’ transition to high school. Through the program, a peer leadership troupe of senior students is created to address a variety of school issues that may affect grade 9 students. These issues include bullying, relational aggression, substance abuse, gender violence, equity and racism.

The older peer leaders “adopt” a classroom and carry out a series of monthly drama- and art-based prevention interventions. In doing so, they gain leadership skills while contributing to the development of social/emotional competence and resilience in the younger students.

A middle school program is also available. Emulating the high school model, grade 8’s support the grade 7’s transition to middle school.

“I have known and respected this organization for more than 16 years and can readily attest to their professionalism, commitment to youth and incredible ability to work with our very diverse student population. Suspension rates have fallen, fewer students have been expelled, and Trinity has helped to create a positive and caring school climate in many of our schools.”

– Bill Byrd, Safe and Caring Schools Administrator, TDSB

“I wish I’d had someone to talk to when I was that age. I’m glad the group of students we mentored had us to talk to.”

– K. Kennedy, Peer Leader, Hillcrest High School

“The Trinity students trained last year continue to positively influence their peers as peer mentors, as members of the student council and as members of other leadership groups within the school.  Student competency and confidence has increased and student achievement has improved.”

– Cindy Zwicker Reston, Principal, Vaughan Road Academy

“I love what the program offers and the way it engages kids. I love the strength that I see emanate from them as the year goes along. I love how the program pushes the creative edges to ensure that it is both fresh and stable. But, above all, I love how much Trinity cares about each school and each student.”

– Roberta Belfry, Dramatic Arts, George S. Henry Academy

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