Last week, for three days, a bunch of selected high schoolers, including Elsa were chosen by their classmates and teachers, to take part in the Natural Helpers program, set in the beautiful village of Ballater, about one and a half hours away from Aberdeen.
Natural Helpers is a peer-assistance program used across the United
States and in several other countries.
The program helps high school
students strengthen their communication and helping skills, while
equipping them to provide support to others and service to their schools
The Natural Helpers program is based on a simple
premise: Within every school, an informal "helping network" exists.
Students with problems naturally seek out other students, in addition to
teachers and other school staff, whom they trust. They seek them out
for advice, for assistance, or just for a sympathetic ear.
Helpers program uses this existing helping network by providing
peer-counseling training to students and adults who are already
identified as "natural" helpers. The
students selected for the program are seen by their peers as
trustworthy and helpful.
There's still vacancies in the position of Natural (or otherwise... I'm not fussy) Helper in my kitchen.
Any takers? Anyone??