Peer Group Connections

Peer Group Connections (PGC-HS) is a program that develops the leadership of high school seniors (Peer Leaders) so that these Peer Leaders can effectively provide outreach sessions to freshmen students and help facilitate a successful transition from middle school to high school.

PGC-HS is designed to accomplish the following objectives:
  • Increase students' sense of connection and attachment to school
  • Improve students' skills in communicating effectively with peer and adults
  • Increase students' skills in help-seeking, goal-setting, and decision-making
  • Support/improve students' positive school-related behavior
  • Increase students' motivation to complete high school and post-secondary education
  • Improve students' preparedness for college and/or the world of work

Senior Peer Leaders meet daily and earn an Honors credit for successfully completing the PGC curriculum and implementing weekly freshmen outreaches. Both senior Peer Leaders and freshmen benefit as a result of these outreaches.  Two Peer Leader partners work with a group of 10-12 freshmen each week during Advisor and discuss issues relevant to today's teenagers, such as conflict resolution, goal-setting, substance abuse, bullying, cultural differences, and overcoming challenges. Some of the skills and attitudes that Peer Leaders AND freshmen will develop through PGC-HS include:

  • Understanding personal values and how they affect relationships
  • Improving problem-solving skills
  • Understanding how groups work, including predictable stages that all groups go through
  • Developing an appreciation for differences among peers
  • Learning how to collaborate effectively
  • Becoming positive role models for peers

Are you now wondering how you can a part of this amazing program...? 

Selecting our Peer Leaders for next year is a challenging and rigorous process.  Peer Leader selection for the 2018-19 school year will begin this spring.  Next year, we will be serving ALL 9th grade students, so we will be selecting 40 Peer Leaders (rising Juniors and Seniors.)  Candidates will need to complete an application, get two-three teacher recommendations, and participate in a group interview and group skit.  Selected candidates will be required to attend a 3-day Residential Training Retreat late next spring or early summer to prepare for their roles as PGC Peer Leaders.  In addition, all Peer Leaders will be required to take the PGC Mentoring HN course here at school, facilitate weekly Outreaches with their select group of freshmen (including an all-day event called Activity Day), plan and implement a Family Night, and complete a Service Learning Project at the end of the semester.  Students interested in becoming a PGC Peer Leader for the 2018-19 school year should see Mrs. Kristen Lee in the Guidance Office or Coach Brad Spell for more information.  Applications and forms will be available on this website as the selection process nears.

Kristen Lee,
Nov 13, 2017, 11:53 AM