Working together for a drug free community

Power of Peers

Mission ~ to educate, inspire, and promote a drug-free lifestyle today for the leaders of tomorrow. 

Who are they?

  • Peer Leaders are students who want to make a difference in their schools and communities
  • They care about others
  • They understand that most of their peers do not to use tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.
  • They feel it is important to take a public stand against substance use

What do they do?

  • Educate their peers about the effects of underage drinking and illegal drug use
  • Work together with the community to establish a new norm that does not include underage drinking and illegal drug use
  • Act as role models who encourage others to make positive choices and be leaders
  • Work on prevention strategies within their schools and communities
  • Speak with community and school leaders regarding important issues
  • Build their skills and resumes
  • Attend leadership trainings/camps 

Some examples of activities POP activities include:

  • Classroom Presentations at Alton Middle School
  • Madison County Youth Forum (county-wide event)
  • Youth Speak Out (Alton/Godfrey event)
  • Assist with social media efforts
  • Media and Marketing Campaigns
  • Poster Presentations
  • Skits, songs & videos
  • Lunch and Learn sessions at Alton High School
  • Red Ribbon Week activities (October)
  • National Drug Facts Week activities (January)
  • Opportunities to influence school and community leaders
  • Community Service Activities
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Homecoming and/or Prom Week activities

Peer Leaders Also:

  • Give information about underage drinking and substance abuse
  • Help others learn crucial life skills such as assertiveness, problem solving, and stress management.
  • Help their peers understand that most high school students do not use alcohol or other drugs.
  • Lead discussion about, suggest, and implement alternatives to using tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs
  • Assist in solving problems
  • Are good communicators
  • Act as positive role models for fellow peers and younger students
  • Provide support for teens as they learn new ideas, behaviors, information, techniques, etc.
  • Point peers dealing with problems in the right direction

What Peer Leaders Do NOT Do:

  • Do NOT provide counseling or intervention for fellow teens
  • Do NOT use ATOD under any circumstances
  • Do NOT judge other teen’s choices, but do encourage them to make healthy choices