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 Scituate High School Best Buddies

Registration for Academic Year 2017-18 will begin Thursday September 28

Purpose of Program:

The Scituate High School chapter of Best Buddies International 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 registration.  Members will attend training programs and in-school activities throughout the year plus additional field trips and activities after school. Trainings will 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 outings in an inclusive, accepting and relaxed social atmosphere. Students from SHS Best Buddies will also participate in exciting activities with the Gates Best Buddies program to help build a sense of community.

Members will play an important role in the student community at SHS. 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 is expected and evaluated periodically for continued participation.  If you play a sport or are a member of another club, please discuss your Best Buddies schedule with your coach or advisor in advance. 

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
  • Model expected behaviors for students
  • Become a friend and enjoy activities with others

Application Process:

  • Parent Required to Complete On-line Registration - Parent must register student information with signed consent.  Link to registration page
  • Applicants selected by SHS Staff Advisors; maximum is 80 students so please complete on line registration as soon as possible. Deadline is October 6.
  • Any questions can be directed to Roxanne Griffin (special education teacher) and Julie Meredith (special education teacher).

Syllabus: Coming Soon