A peer support network is a student organization that promotes a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment. They provide a place for students to meet socially with each other outside of classroom time. Peer support networks can have a single focus or broad mandate with a wide range of social justice and diversity topics, but they can also be a space for students with common interests to grow relationships with their peers.
Peer support networks are typically run by students and supported by school staff. Participation is always voluntary. When students do volunteer, they are encouraged to make a commitment. Peers meet regularly to participate in a range of shared activities and discussions. They may also organize school-wide events to raise awareness about topics related to inclusion or social justice.
Peer support networks offer:
They are a way to:
By socializing together in a peer support network, students: