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Gates Best Buddies

Registration for Academic Year 2017-18 will begin Monday September 25

Purpose of Program:

Gates Best Buddies enhances a caring and compassionate school community that practices inclusion, involvement, peer assistance and acceptance of differences.  Interested students will apply for the program below through an online parent registratio and student motivation form.  Members will attend training programs and in-school activities throughout the year plus additional field trips and activities after school. Trainings provide members with sufficient knowledge and skills to enable them to serve as peer supports for students with disabilities, while all students get to enjoy activities and field trips in an inclusive, accepting and relaxed social atmosphere.    

The selected mentors will play an important role in the student community at Gates. The peer mentor can facilitate by providing social connections, easing anxieties and role modeling a culture of inclusion and support. With this responsibility and beneficial impact comes an important commitment of time and dedication. Selected peer mentors are expected to commit to the training sessions as well as the planned activities.  Attendance Policy is noted on registration form.

Goals of Program:

  • To enhance the participation of all students as peer mentors, friends and/or good citizens
  • To promote and build self confidence and self esteem
  • To broaden the range of experiences for students to interact
  • To provide students the opportunity to interact and develop relationships with school community peers

Characteristics of a good peer mentor:

  • Patient
  • Enthusiastic
  • Flexible
  • Caring
  • Responsible
  • Consistent
  • Open-mindedness and an attitude of acceptance and tolerance of individual differences
  • Able to commit to all trainings and selected activities: Attendance mandatory

Peer Mentor Role Description:

  • Learn mentoring concepts, social thinking and interactive techniques
  • Foster an environment of patience, tolerance and encouragement
  • Promote tolerance and understanding among grade-level peers
  • Assist teachers and aides during activities
  • Model expected behaviors for students
  • Become a friend and enjoy activities with others
  • Assist student(s) with tasks


Application Process:

Parent Required to Complete On-line Registration

  • Step 1: Parent must register student information with signed consent.  Link to Gates Best Buddies Registration page
  • Step 2ALL students must submit a student motivation form, located in Gates Main Office Bin
  • Applicants selected by Gates Staff Advisors; maximum is 50 students.  Registration Deadline October 2.
  • Any questions can be directed to Heidi Branca, Nancy Driscoll, Rick English or Meredith Hilditch.


 Syllabus:  coming soon