Posted on August 11, 2015
To support the implementation of Peer Group Connection (“PGC”) at up to 3 new high-need high schools in New York City. PGC is an evidence-based and school-based program that supports students as they transition from middle to high school by tapping into the power of older students to create a nurturing environment for incoming freshmen. Student peer leaders (Juniors and/or Seniors) are trained through a year-long credit-bearing leadership development class to lead groups of Freshmen in weekly sessions throughout the school year. PGC is designed to create a safe, caring, well-managed and participatory school environment for youth resulting in significantly lower dropout rates, improved grades, fewer discipline referrals, and avoidance of high-risk behaviors. CSS will provide all of the training, curricula, and technical assistance necessary to build the capacity of school-based adults from these schools to launch, implement and sustain successful PGC programs.