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.
The ABC’s create the context for the Peer Mentors’ and students’ work.
Accept Others’ Differences
Be Good to One Another
A – Accepting Differences means understanding how we are alike, how we are different and treating everyone with respect and understanding regardless of our differences. Kids Who Care believes that teaching tolerance is the heart of our mission — promoting respect and understanding in the classroom and beyond.
B – Being Good to One Another is a simple message; however, every day over 160,000 children will stay home from school to avoid being teased, harassed and bullied. Kids Who Care educates and encourages all students to have courage and to stand up for others who may be the target of mistreatment and bullying.
C – Community Service because research shows that when teens want to talk about their problems, they turn to other teens.
Peer-To-Peer Mentoring includes tutoring and modeling coping skills to students who are struggling with academics and stress.
Students benefit from Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and Community Service because it: