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Peer Support

Peer Support at LCHS

The Peer Support Program provides extensive training to prepare students for a helping role on campus. The Peer Support Program students also work to develop activities that promote mutual respect, social connection, and mental health awareness school-wide. Activities include:
  • one-to-one student support
  • classroom presentations
  • new student orientation
  • student and staff discussion groups
Throughout their work, Peer Support students develop and maintain the qualities of a good peer helper, being self-aware, non-judgmental, genuine, and empathetic. They learn active listening skills and effective ways to facilitate peers through their own problem-solving. In their role as peer helpers, they do not give “advice” to other students and they are expected to maintain strict confidentiality unless a student may be at risk of harm. Peer Support 2 students are taught and supervised by LCHS Counselor Rachel Zooi, and Peer Support 1 students are taught by English teacher Lucy Pelletier. Both work together to lead the program.