A middle-school transition program led by peer mentors
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Where Everybody belongs (WEB) is a year-long, middle-school transition program developed by the Boomerang Project, a US based company. Recognizing that school transitions can be stressful and overwhelming for many students, the Boomerang Project focuses on peer mentorship as a success factor in helping students navigate these transitions. The goal of the WEB program is to provide a positive first-year experience for incoming students, in the hope that providing a structure for student-student connections can facilitate student success, increase school safety and reduce bullying incidences.
In the WEB program, 8th grade students receive training to become mentors who guide and support 6th/7th grade students through the challenges of transitioning to middle school, and to identify and report bullying behavior. The program also provides a structure for connecting these ‘WEB leaders’ to all incoming 6th graders throughout the school year, through orientation, classroom visits, social events, and leader-initiated individual meetings.
Student leadership training is delivered by in-house facilitators, who are required to attend a three- day basic training workshop. WEB has been implemented in over 1600 schools, primarily in the US and Canada. Some program schools have reported reduction in absences, bullying, and disciplinary referrals.
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