Training is done
in three hour blocks of time two consecutive afternoons during
the third week in August. We coordinate our training with athletic
try-outs. In this way, our students are on campus and, after their
athletic try-outs, they attend our training sessions. Since classes
haven’t begun, the peer educators are fresh, unstressed
The first day is spent having
the group bond as well as revisiting what it means to be a sixth
grader. On the second day of training, the peer educators teach
a lesson, and the faculty coordinators demonstrate strategies
for handling various challenging situations.
The peer educators prepare
and teach a lesson each month. We create the lesson on Monday
night, teach Tuesday morning, and debrief immediately after the
lesson. This organizational plan has worked well thus far.