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 below for a 50 second overview of peer-to-peer mentoring.
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.
Yes, mentors are trained by a peer mentoring coach who has been trained in the content and vetted to work with students.
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.
After 2 years of hosting peer mentoring, the administration 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.
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.
Life that Counts does not pass on any program costs to the students that it serves.
This guy interacts great with the students and really meets them on their level. His message is challenging and relevant.
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"In one day John has had a profound effect on my life and future. I'm learning to live intentional with my loved ones." Feedback after attending a University of Alabama "HERO Training" Event for Professionals