Peer-to-peer helping is based on the premise that when young people have problems, they often turn to friends for help. This model is effective at improving school climate, linking students to formal and informal supports, and reducing youth violence, including bullying and suicide. The session outlines the essential elements of a successful program, and includes a grantee-led overview of the Natural Helpers program in Fairbanks Native Association, a Healthy Transitions grantee.
We Matter is an Indigenous-led not-for-profit organization committed to Indigenous youth support, hope, and life promotion. Their main project is the We Matter Campaign: a national multi-media campaign where Indigenous role models and allies submit short videos sharing their own experiences of overcoming hardships, and communicating with Indigenous youth that no matter how hard life gets, there is always a way forward.