Peer Group Connection Program
Initiative Description: 12th grade student peer leaders met weekly with groups of 12 9th grade students to practice academic, social and emotional skills, critical thinking, goal setting, decision making, time management, teamwork and communication, one yearly family night as freshmen and again as sophmores, and three 2.5 hour booster sessions as sophomores. Peer leaders attended a 3 day, 2 night leadship retreat and a year long leadership course taught by one of the faculty advisors. The course consisted of three days each week practicing the week’s topic, one lesson with the 12 freshmen, and 1 day to debrief)
Study Results: The program resulted in higher graduation rates for male students.
Reference: Johnson, V. L., Simon, P., & Mun, E.-Y. (2014). A peer-led high school transition program increases graduation rates among Latino males. Journal of Educational Research, 107(3), 186-196. doi:10.1080/00220671.2013.788991
Level of Evidence: Very Good