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ERIC Number: ED412484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Peer Leadership in a Rural School Setting.
Devlin-Scherer, Roberta
This paper describes the training of a high school assistance team designed to guide younger students. The program, which was directed at students in grades 7 and 8, lasted for 1 year and involved students in community service and challenge activities. The setting was a small rural school in Vermont, with nearly 400 students in grades 7-12. Teachers had become concerned that the needs of all students were not being addressed at the school, arising in part from a lack of connectedness. It was suggested that high school students could serve as role models to the younger students and external funding was secured to initiate a training program for these student mentors. Following a careful selection process, 20 high school students, 4 teachers, and a guidance counselor met with trainers in two full days of training sessions. Some of the activities, which were intended to help the younger students, included field trips with peer leaders, challenge games, and a service project designed to assist the elderly. Results indicate that peer leaders experienced success in the leadership roles given them. The 30 at-risk students also improved, with improved attention, attendance, and grades. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vermont