Answers to commonly asked questions
Q) How does peer-to-peer mentoring work?
A) Upperclassmen mentors meet with underclassmen students being mentored for 45-60 minute sessions that take place up to 3 times per month throughout the course of the school year. Mentor groups, the mentor with the mentees, meet at the same time as other groups in a large meeting area, such as the school’s gymnasium, library, auditorium, or cafeteria. Teachers, coaches, school counselors, and/or administrators are on hand while meetings take place. Groups are paired male mentors with male mentees, female mentors with female mentees. Click here for a 50 second overview of peer-to-peer mentoring.
Q) How are mentors selected?
A) Upperclassmen are given the opportunity to apply to become a mentors using the Mentor Commitment Application, found by clicking here. The names of candidates are then referred to the schools’ administrative team to approve or deny candidates for service as a mentor.
Q) Are mentors trained?
A) Yes, mentors are trained by a peer mentoring coach who has been trained in the content and vetted to work with students.
Q) Is the content for the lessons reviewed and vetted by my child’s school?
A) Yes. Session overviews, resources, and any additional content are provided for the school counselors, administrators, and teachers to review before mentors are trained and mentoring groups meet on campus.
Q) What are some outcomes that have been observed using peer-to-peer mentoring?
A) A Cullman County high school served as the pilot school for peer-to-peer mentoring in Alabama. After 2 years of serving as the pilot school, the principal reported an 86% decline in discipline referrals and an increase in overall school attendance from finishing last place in the county to second place, with over 95% of their student body attending daily throughout the school year. It is also worth noting that the principal provided anecdotal data that the culture of the school changed as a result of peer-to-peer mentoring and this principal’s professional conclusion is that peer mentoring should be in every school in the country. Click here for the full report from the principal.
Q) Who is Life that Counts?
A) Life that Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of helping students make better decisions for healthy, long-term outcomes. Randy Earnest, store owner of Chick-fil-A at Cullman; Jerry Lawson, lead pastor of Daystar Church; and John Williams, founder and president of Life that Counts comprise the board of directors for Life that Counts.
Q) Does the program cost anything for my child to be a part of?
A) Life that Counts does not pass on any program costs to the students that it serves.
Q) Does Life that Counts accept donations?
A) Yes, donations can be made by clicking here.
As an additional resource, we would encourage you to read where Life that Counts peer-to-peer mentoring program was featured in Simply Youth Ministry’s online website, youthministry.com. The following links are listed below:
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