West Allis-West Milwaukee Community Coalition Launches Peers with Purpose

West Allis-West Milwaukee Community Coalition Launches Peers with Purpose
Posted on 03/04/2019
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On March 1, 2019, 27 high school students from Central, Nathan Hale, James E. Dottke, and Shared Journeys, were trained to become Peer Educators for the West Allis-West Milwaukee Community Coalition “Peers with Purpose” program. The full day training included fun activities, training in presentation skills and information about substance abuse.

“The goal is to use student leaders to change the perception that all youth use alcohol and drugs, and to send a message that helps prevent underage alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse,” explained Community Coalition Director, Tammy Molter.

High school students involved with Peers with Purpose make a pledge to be alcohol and drug free. They set high expectations for themselves, while serving as mentors and positive role models to others. “It is valuable to make sure these kids make good decisions so they can follow their dreams.” Peers also want “to help 7th
 graders to prevent making bad choices.” said a Central Peer Educator.

The peers will be teamed together to present a lesson designed to encourage younger students to resist peer pressure and avoid unsafe choices. They will present to every 7th
 grade classroom in the district in March and April. They will also use the skills learned at the training to interact with community members at community events, such as National Night Out.