Center for Supportive Schools

Posted on September 26, 2014

To support the launch of Peer Group Connection (“PGC”), an evidence-based school-based program that supports students as they transition from middle to high school. The grant will match a $30,000 challenge grant to offer the program at Newark’s Malcolm X Shabazz High School. This program taps 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 during the critical transition to high school, resulting in: significantly lower dropout rates; improved grades; fewer discipline referrals; and avoidance of high-risk behaviors.