What is Peer Counseling?
Peer Counseling is an elective class that provides a full range of services to students, the school, and community through structured in school and outreach activities. Peer Counselors are a cross-section of students who act as helpers and active listeners for their fellow students.
The course curriculum focuses on prevention. It also addresses a multitude of social, individual, school and family concerns. The results can be a safer school climate, healthier students, and a better utilization of school and community resources.
Peer Counseling Programs And Activities
Within the Peer Counseling Class, students will be required to participate, plan, and lead some of the following programs, clubs, and activities:
S.W.A.T.-Students Working Against Tobacco
Red Ribbon Week
No Name Calling Week
Violence Prevention Week
School-wide Tutoring (PCRC)
Best Buddies- Work with students with disabilities
Cougars Care- New students to our school
Elementary School Matriculation
Above the Influence March
Take Your Child To Work Day Leaders
SVE Winter Wonderland Event
Peer Counseling Initiative - Choose Peace Stop Violence
The vision of this Broward County initiative is for youth and families to thrive in safe and healthy neighborhoods, vibrant with opportunities for personal, spiritual, educational and economic growth.
- For more information, go to www.choosepeacestopviolence.org
The following Guest Speakers will conduct trainings within Peer Counseling:
· Women in Distress- Healthy Relationships
· The Hanley Center-Peer Pressure and Alcohol Prevention
· Anti Defamation League- No Place for Hate
· Gilda’s Club-Cancer Awareness
· County Speaker on Suicide Prevention
· M.A.D.D. - Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Peer Counseling Initiative - Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually throughout the United States.
- For more information go to www.redribbon.org
Peer Counseling Initiative - Anti Bullying Week
Anti-Bullying Week was created to raise awareness and provide opportunities for our schools and communities to enhance their bullying prevention efforts.
Peer Counseling Initiative - Harvest Drive
The motto of the Harvest Drive is children helping children. Glades Middle and the surrounding schools in the community collect enough food to feed approximately 200 families a week’worth of groceries and Thanksgiving Dinner.
- For more information, go to www.harvestdriveflorida.com
Peer Counseling Initiative - Anti Defamation League
ADL hosts a program/training called No Place for Hate®. This was developed to organize schools to work together and develop projects that enhance the appreciation of diversity and foster harmony amongst diverse groups. The campaign empowers schools to promote respect for individual and group differences while challenging prejudice, bigotry, name calling, and bullying.
- For more information, go to www.florida.adl.org/initiatives/no-place-for-hate-initiative/
- Glades Middle School Involvement, go to www.florida.adl.org/florida-schools-designated-as-no-place-for-hate-since-2010/
Peer Counseling Initiative - No Name Calling Week
No Name Calling incorporates celebrating kindness while working to create safe schools free of name-calling, bullying and bias. Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea — and supported by over 60 national partner organizations —No Name-Calling Week is celebrated each year in schools across the nation.
- For more information, go to www.glsen.org/nonamecallingweek
Peer Counseling Initiative - Project BRAIN (Year Round)
The Project Brain health campaign empowers youth to prevent or reduce alcohol consumption. Through the use of the research based Social Norms approach, a change in perception toward alcohol is created resulting in a change in behavior.
Peer Counseling Initiative - S.W.A.T - Students Working Against Tobacco (Year Round)
SWAT is Florida's statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. SWAT is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future.
For more information, go to www.swatflorida.com