ABC’s and Peer Mentoring

Kids Who Care Peer Mentors Teach Other Students Academic And Coping Skills So Everyone Can Succeed In School!

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

Community Service

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.

  • Incorporates service activities into academic studies
  • Provides concrete opportunities for youth to learn new skills, think critically and test new roles
  • Involves “youth voice” from the beginning
  • Provides structured time for students to think, talk, and write about their experiences
  • Provides students with the opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life   situations in their communities
  • Extends learning beyond the classroom and helps foster a sense of caring for others

Students benefit from Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and Community Service because it:

  • Promotes personal and social development
  • Adds relevance to academic learning, while making learning fun
  • Builds positive self-esteem
  • Cultivates civic responsibility
  • Connects students with the community
  • Exposes students to career options
  • Provides hands-on experience
Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and Community Service strategies benefit teachers because: 
  • The curriculum is broadened and deepened to create a richer context for learning
  • As students gain responsibility for their learning, teachers gain new responsibilities as mentors, facilitators and guides
  • Students become more actively engaged in their learning, and teaching becomes more rewarding and fun
Communities benefit because: 
  • Community Service contributes to community development and renewal
  • Recipients of peer mentoring benefit from direct academic help, coping skills, human connection and personal empowerment
  • Schools receive an infusion of creativity and enthusiasm from participating students
  • Peer Mentoring helps students become more vested in their schools and communities and to become community minded individuals
  • Civically engaged youth are likely to become civically engaged adults