Peer Mentor Program

WHAT IS THE PEER MENTOR PROGRAM?

The purpose of the Peer Mentor program is to provide support for 9th graders and transfer students in their transition to the high school.  The peer mentors are juniors and seniors who have shown an interest in and capacity for helping others. The program has been up and running at Wayland High School for over ten years.

WHAT EXACTLY DO PEER MENTORS DO?
NEW CHANGES TO THE 2018-2019 PROGRAM!

Peer mentors will be assigned to 9th Grade Guidance seminars, which begin in September and run through the first quarter.  These seminars meet once during the eight-day cycle, are led by a guidance counselor, and have 12 - 18 students. Peer Mentors will help to give the student perspective of what is covered in the freshman seminars. The curriculum addresses the major issues of transition and adjustment to the high school and the "tasks" of adolescence. In addition, the seminars focus on academic requirements, expectations and the realities of the high school program. Time management, stress management and setting priorities are also addressed. Discussions also focus on resources in the high school and how to access them - from academic assistance from teachers, the Academic Center, to accessing social-emotional support.
What's New? 

Once freshman seminars are over at the end of first quarter, Peer Mentors will be assigned to a freshman study hall block that coincides with the freshman seminar to which they were assigned. They will circulate through these study halls for the second quarter, lending academic and general support to freshman.

  • The peer mentors will assist guidance counselors and be available outside of seminars to connect with their mentees as well.  Some peer mentors provide tutoring, others interact around shared interests and activities, and some may talk during free periods, by phone, email, text or Facebook. Some important requirements of the program are outlined below:
  • Peer mentors will be required to participate in Step Over Day in June and Connections Day (9th Grade Orientation) in late August (exact dates TBD).
  • Peer mentors will be required to complete reflection journal entries once per cycle for the first semester.
  • Peer mentors will be scheduled into 9th grade seminars and will receive 1 academic credit on their transcripts.  Attendance is mandatory.
  • This is a semester long elective that meets 1x/cycle.

Peer Mentors will also be asked to accompany counselors on our yearly middle school visit (usually the middle of March) where we discuss the transition to high school with the 8th graders.

WHO CAN I TALK WITH TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE PEER MENTOR PROGRAM?

The Peer Mentor Program is run by Mrs. Sullivan, School Adjustment Counselor, and Mr. Buffa, Guidance Counselor. You can talk with either of them, or e-mail them by clicking on their names above. Mrs. Sullivan and Mr. Buffa can also be reached in the Guidance Office at 508-358-3706. They are eager to talk with you about this terrific program!