The Peer Counselors are Upper School students who serve as active participants in providing a caring source of support to the students within the community. Their role is to facilitate a deeper awareness of empathy, respect, leadership, and confidentiality. The Peer Counselors work with Middle School students both individually and in group settings covering topics including: teasing/bullying/cyber-bullying, peer pressure, and risk-taking behavior. They assist students in skill-building to resolve their own problems while maintaining a relationship of trust and honesty. Peer Counselors recognize their limits and are trained to refer students to the Counseling staff if further assistance is necessary and warranted. A peer relationship carries enormous influence and power, therefore, the Peer Counselor’s ability to make a difference becomes very significant. They create an opportunity to address students’ needs or problems in a positive way. As community helpers the focus of their work is to foster further lessons of self-awareness, mutual respect, and personal responsibility.