Peer Counseling Program
The Peer Counseling program began in the spring of 2013 under the direction of Mrs. Lindsay Holbrook, School Counselor at Centennial. Centennial was offered an opportunity for mediation training with the support of the Arizona Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. The program began with 14 trained students in conflict resolution, who served in the fall and spring semesters of the following school year in the Guidance Office. From the outset, the idea was to find students who could work in the guidance office as additional support and also aid in providing mediation as teams of two for students in conflict.
In August of each year, we have an application process - whereby our current students in grades 9, 10 and 11 are able to apply to our program. The application includes information about our program and what our students are responsible for as members. Students are required to complete short answer questions, obtain 2 teachers and 1 peer recommendation and parent permission. Students are then invited to an interview, that includes the advisor and two currently serving peer counselors. We want students who are a right fit, with a desire to serve their peers, step outside of their comfort zone, and develop as leaders. Students complete training to be actively engaged as members while they wait to serve in the Guidance Office. We are both a program, club and a course students take where they earn a grade and credit. Students who serve twice are awarded a letterman's patch that is our logo, if they serve a 3rd or 4th time they earn a pin. Officers elected to the club leadership earn a pin for their year of service.
As the years have progressed, we knew we had a rare opportunity to find ways for our members to increase their service leadership from not only mediation but in other areas on our campus. What started as a way to branch out and allow for creativity and development of our program - led to positive develops and an every changing role within Peer Counseling through the "Significant Project". As our peer counselors serve in pairs of two in the office, they brainstorm and develop an idea they can launch that aims to have a positive impact on our campus and school community. Over the course of the semester they develop a plan they can execute and present their process at the end of the semester to a team of adults on campus. Many of the projects have become staples in our programming including the 8th grade visits we call "High School Readiness", mentoring, ambassador tours, Coyote Kindness coins, etc. You can see past projects here.
Today our Peer Counselors fulfill 3 main roles:
- Ambassadors - giving new student tours, following up to make sure students have a smooth transition to our campus, aiding also in the transition of our rising coyotes from our feeder schools with presentations. They also serve on a "Lunch List" that connects students who need support during lunch time.
- Mentoring - students in the office work with 2-4 peers they are assigned to aid them areas they identify as needing help with - from organization, to time management, friendly check-ins, social support, a listening ear, etc. They check in with students on a weekly basis, one-on-one developing peer to peer resources and supports which is monitored closely by the advisor.
- Mediation - students conduct mediations with students in conflict that are recommended on behalf of teachers, counselors, coaches, club sponsors or administrators.
For the 21-22 school year, we have 30 active peer counselors! Over the course of 8 years, over 120 students have been trained.
We are active on Social Media - you can follow and see more of what we do here:
Do you want to be a Peer Counselor? Listen to two peer counselors share the what and why.
2021-2022 Club Theme:
Peer Counseling Club Officers for 2021-2022
Advisor: Mrs. Lindsay Holbrook
President: Thanh D. (11)
Secretary: Tala J. (12)
Treasurer: Orshina D. (11)
Historian: April G. (11)
Vice President: Kayla C. (11)
2018 - Peer Mediation Youth Conference hosted by AACR - Keynote Presenters - Informal Mediation & Applications to Real Life - audience of over 200!
2017 - Peer Mediation Youth Conference hosted by AACR - Keynote Presenters - Peace Circles
2016 - Peer Mediation Youth Conferece hosted by AACR 0 Keynote Presenters - Peer Counseling at Centennial: By the Students For the Students
2019 - Governor's Youth Commission - Annual Youth Leadership Training - Attendees
2020 - Katy's Way - Peer2Peer 12 Episode 6 Week Training - Attendees
2020 - Rotary Student of the Month - Noemi Macias
2015 - Rotary Student of the Month - Eden Morain
Peer Counseling Club Program Awards:
2021 - Letterman's Patch Recipients - Mia Didur, Jordan Robarge, Kalea Gray, Madeline Chairez De La Joya, Angela Martinez, Kaidence Simms
2021 - PC MVP - Thanh Dao
2020 - PC MVP - Kalea Gray
2019 - PC MVP - Felicia Cruz
2021 - Most Invested Mentor - Tayla Martin
Centennial Leader of the Pack:
2020 Thanh Dao
2020 Felicia Cruz
2019 Kalea Gray
2018 Grace Schmidt
2018 Marissa Lizarraga
2017 Tanner Durfee