Supe's On: At Brandon Valley High School, there is HOPE

Superintendent Dr. Jarod Larson

Peer mentoring can have a powerful impact on students in many ways. 

From the elementary level where Student Council representatives may support and guide a new student throughout their day, to Brandon Valley High School’s newly adopted “Hope Squad” peer support program, peer mentoring allows students to establish meaningful relationships with peers who can relate to their experiences, offering a sense of community and support. This can be particularly beneficial for students who may be facing personal or academic difficulties and need extra help. 

In addition, peer mentoring can help students develop life skills such as communication, problem-solving, empathy, and critical thinking. As peer mentors are similar in age, they can better explain concepts and difficulties in a way that resonates more with the mentee. This can help foster a greater understanding of a situation, while also providing a level of comfort, trust, and openness not achievable through traditional adult-student relationships. 

Finally, peer mentoring can improve student motivation and engagement in learning activities. Knowing there is someone else who understands their situation and is willing to take the time to help can give students the confidence and courage to tackle challenging tasks, allowing them to set higher expectations for their achievements.

A special thank you to all our Lynx that support fellow students as a peer mentor.

Go Lynx!



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