ERIC Number: ED378498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug-1
Reference Count: N/A
SPARK Peer Helpers Program, 1992-93 Evaluation. OER Report.
This report on the Peer Helper's program, assesses the effectiveness of the training and counseling of peer helpers, the training of peer helper facilitators, and its recruitment procedures. This program, introduced into 10 public schools in the 1992-93 school year, provides training to selected high school students to help them identify and address problem areas for at-risk students. Training of these "peer helper" students includes providing information about school-based services, as well as an introduction to some counseling techniques. SPARK, the high school component of the school system's drug and alcohol prevention program, supports the peer helper program and also trains counselors to work as peer facilitators. Evaluators judged the SPARK Peer Helper program as highly successful in meeting program objectives. Peer helpers enjoyed the program, valued the learning experience, and appreciated the opportunity to share life stories with each other. In its first year, the program successfully incorporated the peer helpers into the SPARK student support services network. However, quantitative data on the program's impact on the peer helpers, as well as the students they served, were not available; progress reviews and training class data were insufficient to capture the full scope of peer-helper services. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Research.