Peer helping is students helping other students who are less experienced. This model is based on the assumption that students often turn to other students for advice, support and practical assistance when they feel concerns, worries or frustrations. Examples of peer helping include: peer tutors, peer mentors, peer ambassadors and career ambassadors.
The Peers Helping Peers (PHP) program supports peer helping and activities across campus. Peer helpers receive training that equips them to recognize when other students experience difficulties and to help them with personal and academic struggles that may affect their success at University. Peer helpers engage with and help other students in meaningful ways. Students can look to peer helpers for assistance and referrals to professional resources that can help them with their concerns. Peer helpers create peer learning opportunities that build skills or assist new students with their transition to the University environment. Examples of peer helping activities include mentoring, organizing events, providing information and academic support.
Peer helpers are trained to:
- Make referrals to professionals, when appropriate
- Provide support
- Listen with empathy
- Help with decision-making
- Provide problem-solving assistance