Posted on August 9, 2017
To support the implementation of Peer Group Connection (“PGC”) programs in up to 3 new high-need high schools in New York City. PGC is an evidence-based and school-based program that supports and eases students’ transitions from middle to high school by tapping into the power of older students to create a nurturing environment for incoming freshmen. Implementation of PGC includes a year-long, credit-bearing, leadership course for carefully selected juniors and/or seniors that is taught by the school’s own faculty. Once per week, these student peer leaders meet with freshmen in outreach sessions that offer the students the opportunity to practice essential academic, social, and emotional skills including critical thinking, goal setting, decision-making, time management, teamwork and communication. CSS will provide all of the training, curricula, and technical assistance necessary to build the schools’ capacities to launch, implement and sustain successful PGC programs.