Beginning Peer Mentoring
Advanced Peer Mentoring
This Pathway teaches you ...
- How to engage in community service opportunities
- How to plan and facilitate support programs for those in need
- How to work as part of a team to accomplish a goal
- Skills to build connections to support individuals in need
- Problem solving techniques and how to raise awareness for mental health services
- The journey to becoming a teacher
- About schools' role in society
- An introduction to academic standards
- How to develop lesson plans for the elementary classroom
Real-world opportunities through this Pathway include ...
- Lunch Bunch: Peer mentors invite all students to come and hang out four days a week at lunch to play games, laugh and support one another; mentors also facilitate special events like movie days and holiday parties
- AIM Buddies: Each peer mentor is paired with a student in the Autism Program at TOHS; mentors help plan activities for their buddies and meet with their buddies weekly to participate in fun activities together
- Outreach: Throughout the year, peer mentors host activities to build a positive school community, using posters, chalk art and window painting to put forth positive and informational messages; mentors also publicize programs for the TOHS Wellness Center
- Committees: Each quarter, students form committees to advance the objectives of the Peer Mentoring Program; students determine the committees needed each quarter, but often include AIM Buddies, Lunch Bunch, Mental Health, Public Relations, Outreach and Fundraising
- Leadership Council: Advanced Peer Mentors have the opportunity to serve in a designated leadership role for the year; members of the leadership council plan and execute weekly class activities and oversee the work of all of the various committees in education, child development and family services
- Leading small group lessons for children
- Opportunity to be creative and create projects and lesson plans for students
- Providing academic support for students who are struggling
- Using time management skills to pace your daily lessons
- Day-to-day experiences of a classroom teacher
This Pathway will prepare me for …
What our students are saying ...
“My best memory (from Peer Mentoring) is walking around school with my special buddy and how excited he was when we found something on the scavenger hunt.”
- Sam H.
“I liked how we studied different types of lessons and activities. It has really opened my eyes to a career in education. I realized how hard teachers work in their preparation of lesson plans and activities. This class has prepared me for my fieldwork experience at the elementary school and a job as a teacher. - Braulio B., 12th grade
"This class allowed me to look into how much teachers do each day in the classroom and what it takes to become a teacher. Writing my resume was really helpful and allowed me to see my future from the professional perspective." - Kiona S.