The Mission of Kids Who Care is to teach teens how to be resilient so they can be successful in school and in life. They learn coping and other life skills by practicing empathy, compassion, and self-awareness through service to others. Our hope is that teens learn healthy options to reduce toxic stress instead of resorting to self-destructive behaviors like dropping out of school, using drugs, cutting, or worse.
Research shows test scores, motivation and classroom engagement increase. Many students’ behavior shifts in positive ways. Drop-out rates and behavior problems decrease when students participate in meaningful service to others.
In 2015, Teen Lifeline reported that every 7.5 days, an Arizona teen between 15 and 24 commits suicide. Kids struggle daily to cope with stress from teachers, home, bullies, and the media. Instead of seeking help, many teens resort to self-destructive behaviors, like drug and alcohol abuse, cutting, gang membership and worst of all, suicide. To prevent these numbers from growing, Kids Who Care educates teens to be Peer Mentors who empower their friends and other students to achieve academically and manage stress safely.
With Peer Mentors, students learn and practice academic skills before, during and after school in an atmosphere that is empathetic, kind and compassionate. All students are encouraged to use analytical and critical thinking skills to meet Common Core goals and objectives while learning coping skills to manage stress. Because Peer Mentors and their supervisors are not healthcare professionals, they will be taught to refer students “in crisis” to school guidance counselors or our partners at Teen Lifeline.
Students mentors develop strong characters, are more engaged in their schools and gain a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. Find out how to support your students, teachers and schools.
Kids Who Care Peer Mentors…
Kids Who Care is about EMPATHY IN ACTION – students who work with peer mentors are more engaged in their classrooms and more likely to stay in school.