Youth and Young Adult Peer Support: A Model for Youth Violence Prevention & Promoting Wellness
Source: Now Is The Time TA Center (SAMHSA)
Resource Type: Video or Webinar
Transformation Team Subjects: Community Wellness & Peer Supports, Youth & Young Adults of Transition Age
Key Topics: Peer Support, Positive Youth Development, Program Development, Tribal, Violence Prevention
Key Populations: American Indian or Alaska Native
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.