Peer to Peer Home Safety
Through a train-the-trainer model, students learn how to teach safety skills to their classmates and younger schoolmates. They develop and demonstrate Common Core skills such as conducting research and presenting findings, writing and speaking.
“Other students are interested in joining the program, and wish they had a chance to be a part of the program next year.”
“The student trainers were very well prepared and worked to get the students involved in what they were trying to teach… Each of my students in attendance learned something and they were able to share what they learned. My students also really loved learning from their peers!”
“Each of my students learned something – it could be something that will save a life and that, of course, is worth its weight in gold!”
The peer-to-peer training model has been found to be an effective way of teaching health and safety behaviors. Colleges and universities are using peer training to teach students about alcohol abuse, and high schools have successfully used it for conflict mediation and anti-bullying efforts (The National Peer Educator Study, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, 2014). Young people appear to more readily accept and use information about behavioral change from people their own age, rather than a more traditional “top down” approach.
Schools and school districts, elementary school and secondary school students, community organizations.
Members of our training team with diverse backgrounds in fire service and injury prevention, and elementary and secondary school education. Trainers act as coaches, mentors and role models as students develop their presentations.
Benefits of this Training:
- Students learn evidence-based strategies that prevent unintentional injuries.
- Topics include Fire and Smoke, Put It Away (household hazards), Exit Plans, Smoke Alarms, Poison Prevention and Kitchen Safety.
- Students learn to use evidence-based online resources on fire and home safety.
- Students learn to communicate effectively, express key ideas vividly and creatively, and gain confidence in public speaking. They gain literacy, teamwork, leadership and presentation skills, and community service by mastering and teaching safety skills to their classmates.
- Students are active participants in developing the lessons, based on their own experiences.
- Students are motivated, and motivate others, to take actions that will keep them and their families safer.
- Students receive home safety checklists and take-home information.
- Students are prepared to teach their own families the lessons they’ve learned and taught.
Who Has Received This Training:
Hundreds of students in Rochester City Schools and the after-school program Quad A for Kids.