Peer Helpers are here to help. The Peers are trained in conflict resolution and communication skills in order to help their fellow Spartans work through conflicts which may arise in the course of the school day. Peers are uniquely capable of listening and helping each other find solutions to their problems without giving advice.
The Peer Helping Program is designed to help students learn those interpersonal skills most important for the development of pro-social behaviors and constructive conflict management. The intervention consists of two critical elements: schoo-lwide conflict resolution events such as Unity Forum, and the Peer Helping Program which consists of a cadre of 7th and 8th grade trained mediators reflecting a cross-section of the student population.
Referrals to peer helping can be made by students, teachers, or administrative staff. Pairs of mediators use structured mediation procedures to help those peers with a conflict come to a mutually satisfactory agreement. Teachers and staff have developed a protocol which accommodates these resolution sessions in a timely manner with minimal disruption of academic activities. All mediations are conducted by pairs of peer mediators with minimal adult supervision, and agreements are recorded on the Conflict Mediation form.
The training they receive comes from the San Bernardino County Department of Health, and is supplemented with personal development training such as Steven Covey's 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens. Students who participate grow in interpersonal communication and in conflict resolution skills.