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    List the first and last name of the group members and write in the name of the non-profit you will be presenting.
    Peer Assistance Leadership (PAL®)/Student Council
    for the 2019-2020 School Year
    We have 21 spots open for interested 5th graders
    If we have more than 21 applicants, we will have a lottery
    (last year we had over 50 applicants)
    UPDATE: We had over 60 students apply this year. We decided to accept all students and split the group in half. Each group will participate half of the school year. This change is specific for this 2019-2020 school year. We will review how the program changes work for the PAL mission and make any necessary changes for the following school year. 
    The PAL® peer assistance leadership program is built upon a philosophy of students helping students.  Established in 1980,  the PAL program addresses the underlying causes of violence, and alcohol, tobacco, and drug use by youth. The program provides participants, opportunities to create a safe and supportive environment and encourage their peers to make healthy life decisions.
    Youth often seek out their peers when they are experiencing some frustration, worry, or concern. Children and adolescents want to help each other, yet they often do not know how or what to do. PAL's are highly skilled, well trained volunteers interested in helping others. By helping others, peer helpers also increase their own leadership skills and personal development.
    River School's PAL curriculum focuses on 4 themes:
    1)Learning about self and cooperation
    2)Goal Setting
    3)Communication- Conflict Resolution-Decision Making
    4)Community Service


Last Modified on February 27, 2020