The Peer Training Program for Middle and High School Students provides diverse groups of students in grades 7-12 with the opportunity to facilitate and sustain positive social change in their schools.  Each group of students is trained to lead developmentally appropriate activities and discussions with their peers on bias-related issues such as bullying and cyberbullying.  Participants also develop safe and practical prevention and response strategies to these and other prejudicial behaviors, including the ways in which young people can become allies for their peers who are targeted.  A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute’s Peer Training Program is certified by the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

 Goals

  • Develop student leadership, critical thinking and conflict management skills.
  • Provide young people with the opportunity to learn about and address bias-related issues such as bullying and cyberbullying.
  • Foster positive peer influence to promote greater social responsibility and a more inclusive and respectful school community.

Methods

  • Eighteen hours of interactive anti-bias education and facilitator skill development for 25—30 students per school, including curriculum manual and related resources.
  • Three-hour professional development training for administrators, faculty and staff.
  • Two-hour parent presentation.
  • Six hours of on-site technical assistance.

 

Outcomes

  • Enhanced understanding of the nature and impact of prejudice and discrimination.
  • Increased ability to recognize and respond to bullying, cyberbulling and other bias-motivated behaviors.
  • Strengthened sense of community and commitment to social justice.

 

For more information, please contact Phil Fogelman

 Director, A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute

Anti-Defamation League New England

617.406.6335 or pfogelman@adl.org