WHAT IS A PEER LISTENER?
We all need someone to talk to about work, school, family or friend issues at different times in our lives. FRIENDS Peer Listeners are willing to listen to any student in need…with compassion. Students who are struggling with a problem or situation often feel the need to talk to someone they can trust who is their own age.
The Notre Dame Peer Listener Group (FRIENDS) members want to listen and assist their fellow students in any way they can, and you can count on STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY! FRIENDS members have had communication skills training approved by the Diocese and are willing to listen to and assist any student in need – no matter what the concern may be, or how big or small the matter is.
HOW DOES A STUDENT CONTACT A PEER LISTENER “FRIEND”?
FRIENDS members wear identification badges A student in need may approach any FRIENDS member at any time to arrange to meet with them. Mrs. Weber and Mrs. Hillhouse (Moderators) are also available at any time during the school day to help a student to connect with a FRIENDSmember. If necessary, the member will arrange to meet with the student at a “safe” place (designated by Administration) to discuss the problem.
*Please note: The Notre Dame Peer Listener Program, places great emphasis on STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY. However, if a student is a danger to himself/herself or another person, referral to trained personnel will be required for the safety of all involved. These cases are referred to the moderator, a member of the SAP (Student Assistance Program) team, or an Administrator, with whom strict confidentiality is also assured.
You never have to feel alone at Notre Dame High School!