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ERIC Number: EJ837242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1559-243X
Cathedral High School: Indianapolis, Indiana
Fetter, Corinne
Perspectives in Peer Programs, v20 n1 p12-14 2005
This article discusses Cathedral High School's peer program that involves seniors serving as mentors to freshmen students to help them transition to high school. Students pour into Cathedral from more than 60 different grade schools, and the administration saw a need to connect these students with their peers in order to retain them. The program was based on the idea that students will share their problems with a peer before turning to an adult. The senior mentors advise and assist students with a variety of issues including friendship, home life, challenging classes, juggling work and school, and extra-curricular involvement. The mentors and mentees are paired based on similar availability in schedules. They each complete pre- and post-surveys in order to measure outcomes and evaluate the effectiveness of the program. The results are positive, and Cathedral's transfer rates have decreased by 10% since the implementation of this specific peer program in 1986. A Q&A to former Cathedral peer mentors about their participation, experience, and skills learned in this program is presented.
National Association of Peer Programs. P.O. Box 10627, Gladstone, MO 64188. Tel: 877-314-7337; Tel: 816-436-7641; Fax: 866-314-7337; e-mail: napp@peerprgrams.org; Web site: http://www.peerprograms.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A