A Peer-to-Peer youth leadership model that has been identified by the California Department of Education and WestEd to be included in the pool of experts as a resource for the Safe and Supportive School grantees is the PLUS Program (Peer Leaders Uniting Students). PLUS is a systematic model that utilizes peer-to-peer facilitated activities to build student connections, while simultaneously gathering student behavior data to guide program development. PLUS serves as the liaison between safe school intervention teams and the student body of a school. The PLUS Program systematically helps schools build a safe school climate throughout the school year. Former Secretary of Education Dr. Dave Long states, “When it comes to building a Safe School Climate, the PLUS Program is on the frontline as a systematic approach for schools to gather data and build true connections for all students.” Continue reading
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