Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $99,350)
The purpose of the Student Leadership Development and Peer Assistance Program is to develop a cohesive, multi-faceted district-wide leadership and peer assistance program so that (1) students learn the cognitive, emotional and social skills needed to provide leadership in complex environments; (2) student support is provided at critical educational junctures; (3) students are encouraged to serve responsible, purposeful roles in the school community; (4) the environment in which children learn is respectful of student differences and yet uncompromising in regard to the values and expectations of a democratic society.
Program activities include: (1) a leadership training program for forty high school students and twenty faculty members; (2) a peer mentor program for thirty middle school students and two faculty members; (3) a peer connection program for twenty high school students and three faculty members; (4) a responsive classroom program for seventeen elementary classrooms;(5) a homework assistance program for elementary school "latchkey" children; and (6) a home/school partnership lecture series for all parents and staff members in the district. When fully operational, the project will serve each of the 1,473 students in the district, their parents, and all members of the professional staff.
Anticipated outcomes for this program include: increased leadership skills for students and increased skills for staff in leadership training; increased leadership and interpersonal skills for students to serve as peer mentors; decreases in middle school discipline referrals; decreases in bullying behaviors; increases in homework completion rates for elementary latchkey children.