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Experiential Learning

Leadership or Peer Support Programs

August 27, 2020

Leadership or peer support programs are opportunities for students and others to provide support and develop leadership skills by helping other students.

Type of Experiential Learning: Community-Based Learning

What does it look like?

Leadership or peer support programs are opportunities for students and others to provide support and develop leadership skills by helping other students or contributing to their efforts to achieve their goals.

Benefits

Students and Families

-Expands experience, skills, and contacts

Employers and Community

  • Develops leadership experience that may be transferable to community or work

Educators

  • May build student social/emotional skills as well as learning skills/work habits
  • May link to curricular learning outcomes

Considerations

Students and Families

  • May allow for expansion of personal interest into a career or broader contribution in support of others

Employers and Community

  • Providers of leadership or peer support programs may need to consider the appropriateness and accessibility for some students to participate
  • Liaison with parents/guardians and protocols for ensuring safety and security of participants may be important especially where students are under 18

Educators

  • May encourage or direct students to enroll, participate in, or create leadership or peer support opportunities related to their areas of interest or passion

Region of Waterloo Peer Program

WRDSB Schools and Classrooms

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