Middle and Freshman Transition

This is a 12 hour training (can be done in 3 – 4 hour sessions) in which upper grade peers will learn the skills needed to mentor incoming students who are transitioning from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school . Leaders will meet in groups of 5-6 students during regular school time during a scheduled period at least 6 times throughout the first semester and facilitate interactive lessons such as respectful behavior strategies, cultural competencies, sexual harassment, stereotypes, bullying, etc. Incoming students will develop a positive relationship with an upper class student who will help them to learn about their new school, develop positive attitudes and work habits, feel safe and maximize the academic and social successes in their new environment. This program is appropriate for middle schools and high schools and has been shown to influence attrition rates, grades, acceptance of diversity. It also aids the teacher in classroom management. It has been vetted by the Social Policy Research Institute of Menlo Park and by researchers at San Francisco State University.

Sample Transition Program

Program Components And Pricing

A complete Transition Program includes Adult Training, Program Curriculum, and Peer Leader Training.

Adult Training Session:

  • Participants to include: program coordinator, school counselor, administrators, teachers, school board members, parents, and school site members
  • Facilitated by Sharon Yoerg or Maureen Campbell
  • $900 for Full-Day Adult Training plus travel expenses

Program Curriculum:

  • Fully-developed curriculum covers all aspects of the Transition program
  • Curriculum reusable year-to-year and will be updated free-of-charge
  • Can be reproduced at your school as needed
  • Includes all lessons and forms for programs
  • Price includes complimentary on-going program support
  • $199 for comprehensive Transition Curriculum Package

Peer Leader Training Session: (to be combined with Adult Training)

Training length depends on experience of peer leaders. See choices below: A) Experienced Peer Leaders — For students already part of an existing on-campus peer helping program

  • 1-day training for peer leaders (up to 50 participants)
  • Training in: presentation and group facilitation skills; cultural awareness and diversity, building cultural competencies, and Transition lessons
  • Facilitated by Sharon Yoerg or Maureen Campbell
  • $900 for Experienced Peer Leader Training plus travel expenses

B) New Peer Leaders — For students at a school where no peer helping/mediation program is already in place

  • Two days of training for peer leaders (up to 50 participants):
    • Day 1 = General peer helping skills including: communication and conversational skills — listening, questioning, restating, summarizing, I-messages, feeling statements, handling silence
    • Day 2 = Training in: presentation and group facilitation skills; cultural awareness and diversity, building cultural competencies, and Transition lessons
  • Facilitated by Sharon Yoerg or Maureen Campbell
  • $1,800 for New Peer Leader Training (2 days @ $900 each) plus travel expenses

Click here for a sample schedule of the SOS Transition Program

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