Why SOS

SOS Programs meet the needs of students and schools:

Developmental Assets: “SOS programs promote healthy developmental assets, proven to be essential for school performance, success, and life satisfaction” (read more about Assets from Search Associates).

Bonnie Benard’s Resiliency Research: “Importance of peer relationships in social development; importance of social support to positive outcomes, failure of adult society to provide social capital for youth; gives every youth the opportunity to help; satisfies basic human psychological needs; develops collaboration/conflict resolution skills; promotes acceptance and respect for diversity; promotes academic achievement; reduces alcohol and drug use among youth” (see Center for Educational Research and Development).

Delaine Eastin, Former California Superintendent of Public Education: “Another avenue for developing positive youth leadership is peer resource programs, in which students are given ongoing opportunities to be resources to each other. Programs such as peer tutoring, cooperative learning, cross-age tutoring, peer helping, and peer mediation provide opportunities for young people to connect, to develop skills to promote positive change, and to feel a sense of pride as they learn that they can make a difference in the real world.”

SOS is a proven solution with over two decades of excellence:

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Award

Outstanding Achievement: Children/Youth-Special

Exemplary Recognition Kent Award – San Mateo Co. School Board Ass.

Palo Alto Youth Service Award

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Commendations:

“The instructional staff’s development and implementation of innovative programs which support students success and connection to school. These programs include: the Freshman House. . . Freshman Transition, Service Learning, Students Offering Support (SOS)….”

Certificate of Achievement – San Mateo County Office of Education

HIV/AIDS Prevention Peer Educator Program

CA Department of Education – Coordinated Compliance Review:

“Woodside High School receives high marks for outstanding prevention education…such as Students Offering Support (SOS)…outstanding prevention education campaigns and conflict mediation. The 9th grade orientation program and the 8th grade shadowing all contribute to a supportive, healthy learning atmosphere noted by one of the youth. This exemplary program serves as a model for others.”

Children Now, California Report Card  – How Young People Are Faring Today:

“An evaluation of the SOS program at Woodside found that the program promotes positive social and racial relations, and that the freshmen are significantly less likely to fee that their classmates disrupt class, allowing for a more positive learning experience for both students and teachers.”

National Schools of Character Promising Practices Award:

“Your practice will serve as a model for others across the country to replicate and integrate into their character education initiatives.”

Research:

In recognition of the SOS Program and its role in promoting positive school climate and harmonious intergroup relations, Woodside High School was selected to participate in research projects by two prestigious institutions:

Carnegie Corporation of N.Y. in collaboration with Social Policy Research Institute of Menlo Park

Stanford Center on Adolescence – A Conflict Mediation Assessment by Sten Swanston supervised by Elizabeth Cauffman, Ph.D.

In addition, a three-year program dissemination evaluation was conducted as part of a Peninsula Community Foundation grant.

Dissemination Evaluation of Peer-based Student Support Programs in the Sequoia Union High School District by Julie Carver Cardillo, M.P.A. and SFSU Professor, Rene Fukuhara Dahl, Ph.D.

Results of these studies are available upon request. Contact us.

Please also read About SOS for biographies of the founders and recent trainings.

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