Peer Mentoring Program
Peer Mentoring Program helps students connect
Cathedral High School's peer mentoring program began in 1986. Cathedral's peer mentoring program is designed to enhance the connectiveness between the freshman student and the Cathedral community as a whole. Cathedral's Peer Mentoring Program is certified by the National Association of Peer Programs (Kansas City, Missouri).
How are the peer mentors used?
The peer mentors are utilized by providing leadership for the school community. The peer mentors demonstrate this leadership by the observation of their daily actions as role models. The peer mentors also serve as retreat leaders throughout the school year in school sponsored retreats. In addition, the peer mentors will assist the freshman student by mentoring, listening on a weekly basis, and offering conflict mediation, if needed. The two day Freshmen Orientation and Freshmen Dance are organized and implemented by the peer mentors, along with, participation in the Welcoming Freshmen Family Mass. The peer mentors will also assist transfer students into Cathedral High School throughout the school year.
Supervision and Training
The program coordinator directly supervises the peer mentors on a daily basis. The coordinator uses classroom time, observation, and bi- weekly meetings with the peer mentors as means of supervision. Moreover, the peer mentor will keep a daily log of activities and meetings, which is reviewed by the coordinator during the bi-weekly meetings.
During the summer, the peer mentors attend a day retreat coordinated by the campus minister and the coordinator of the peer mentoring program. In addition, the peer mentors will participate in a 12-hour training provided by the peer mentoring coordinator. At the beginning of the school year, the peer mentors are enrolled in the Peer Mentoring Course. This class is for grade and credit and meets daily. Each peer mentor will begin to meet with Cathedral High School freshmen students during resource periods by the middle of September.
Continued training is provided to the peer mentors in Cathedral's peer mentoring class, which is taught each day by the coordinator. Throughout the semester, time is spent reading and discussing the course textbook, Caring and Sharing. The peer mentors will also refine their skills by participating in role-playing and reading related articles (journals) associated with peer helping.
The current peer mentor coordinator is a member of the National Association of Peer Programs Association. In addition, the coordinator is a member of the Indiana Peer Helping Association Board and is a certified Peer Program Educator.
Rebecca Heger, LMHC
Cathedral High School
5225 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46226
(317) 968-7407 (office)