The Safe Community Coalition is sponsoring a summer pilot of a program designed by and for students: WeCoach:Student2Student (S2S). The pilot program will train 10 high school and college students to facilitate circles with four or five of their peers. Ten peer circles will launch virtually via Zoom in mid-July and run through early August. The circles will use a proven, structured peer coaching method to help circle members with current challenges, questions, or priorities. Each week a different member of the circle will raise an issue or challenge important to them and receive help from their group. It’s a great opportunity both to get support and give support to others during this tough time.
Each circle will be facilitated by a peer who has been trained, mentored, and is being supported by adult certified coaches. Our adult coaches are graduates of International Coach Federation
-accredited coaching programs and have specialized expertise in facilitation and peer coaching methods.
This is not therapy, so clinical issues like severe anxiety, depression, suicidal ideations, or OCD are beyond the scope of this program. That said, peer circle leaders and their adult mentors will be trained to spot these issues and connect peers with other great counseling and mentoring resources like the ones available here
. WeCoach is solely students helping students using a structured problem-solving, peer coaching approach.
The concept for the pilot was hatched by two brothers in our area (one a rising senior at Marshall High School and the other a student at Northern Virginia Community College) who wanted to do something to help kids navigate through the pandemic, and their mom, who is a leader development professional and certified coach and a recent graduate of George Mason University’s Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being program.