Peer Leaders are a group of students who reflect the social and ethnic diversity of the whole school. Every student in the school should feel represented by the Peer Leaders. Peer Leaders should volunteer to participate, commit to spreading the Sources of Strength messaging across the school community, and be willing to act as ambassadors of Sources of Strength.
This means actively participating in the planning and implementation of campaigns and recruiting new Peer Leaders. Peer Leaders should also be comfortable discussing the Sources of Strength wheel with others and applying it to their own life. The ideal number of Peer Leaders is 10% of the whole student body.
Adult Advisors are a group of trusted adults in the school community. These adults are NOT just classroom teachers, but instead represent a cross-section of the school staff. The Adult Advisors can be any trusted adult that engages with the students. Some examples of Adult Advisors are teachers, administrators, school resource officers, librarians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, etc.
Adult Advisors are volunteers, enthusiastic about empowering youth, able to facilitate meetings and campaigns, and actively involved in Peer Leader recruitment efforts. Adult Advisors will also be comfortable discussing the Sources of Strength wheel with others and applying it to their own life. The ideal number of Adult Advisors is 1 to every 10 Peer Leaders (more are welcome and encouraged!). We also ask that one of the Adult Advisors acts as the Lead. This is someone who will coordinate directly with NAMI Maine regarding all the details surrounding implementation.