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Youth Leadership

All youth who attend Safe Homes have opportunities to plan and facilitate activities related to their interests and become Peer Leaders. Peer Leaders are a vital part of Safe Homes. 

Peer Leaders:

  • Shape programming

  • Are ambassadors for the community

  • Have the opportunity to lead activities

  • Meet weekly to discuss activities and to identify key themes/problems they feel the Drop-in Center should address

  • Participate in the development and planning of the Safe Homes quarterly schedule

  • Provide peer support to other youth at the drop in center

  • Receive extensive training

  • Conduct trainings and presentations for community youth workers and educators

Our Peer Staff are divided into two different positions, each with its own primary focus and goals:

  • Our Peer Leaders are mainly responsible for assisting adult staff in creating a safe community for the other youth that attend the program.

  • In addition to all of the duties of Peer Leaders, our Peer Mentors also support the training and professional development of the Peer Leaders. They act as a step between our full-time staff members and our Peer Leaders, both in responsibility levels and job expectations.