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ERIC Number: ED412433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Students 4 Students. Robinswood Middle School (Orlando, Florida).
O'Connell, Melissa; Fondo, Michelle
Recognizing that middle school students frequently have difficulty sharing their problems with adults, a program was initiated at Robinswood Middle School (Orlando, Florida) to bridge the gap between child and adult by asking older students, such as high school students, to serve as listeners for at-risk middle school students. The development of this program is described. The paper begins with a first-person narrative describing the experiences of the student facilitator. This high school student's duties included facilitating talk groups-ranging from divorce groups to leadership groups-and working in concert both with peer mediation and with teachers. Support groups would meet once a week for 6 to 8 weeks and the student coordinator organized activities and guest speakers. Many students, it is reported, made noticeable improvements in academics and in attitude. The student facilitator worked in conjunction with the Student Assistance and Family Empowerment (SAFE) coordinator at the middle school. The SAFE Program provides support groups, mentor programs, and referral to outside agencies for at-risk students. Because students' accepted and trusted the student facilitator, she became the "bridge" between students and teachers on the SAFE team. Some of the students' comments are included here, as are step-by-step instructions for starting such a program. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A