The Peer-to-Peer Leadership program cultivates student leadership in the digital age by empowering, educating and encouraging positive leadership in digital citizenship.
The Digital Citizen Academy Peer-to-Peer Leadership Program is designed to be implemented at all school levels – elementary, middle, and high school. The program is made up of students, chosen by school leaders, who work under the guidance of an adult advisor utilizing the provided guide. Designed with a compassionate and socially empowering framework in mind, advisors guide these peer leaders toward developing a peer mentoring program that creates and implements awareness projects, school activities, and even community campaigns.
Students influence students through their everyday actions with their peers. Online choices are spread quickly. Unfortunately, posts by young people of all ages, tend to be emotionally motivated with minimal thought given to consequences those choices may trigger. Older students, who may have experienced these issues or witnessed others, are natural leaders and can provide valuable positive peer pressure to make smart, safe choices online. Digital Citizen Academy stands by the premise that young leaders teach others, can be encouraged to support one another and will ultimately help develop campus-wide respect for one another’s judgment and decision-making power.
The Peer-to-Peer program is formatted to allow each school or organization to tailor the program to their current individual needs. The guide is designed to be used as a framework to work through each step and is best partnered with the Digital Citizen Academy K-12 School Program. With the guidance of an adult facilitator, students chosen for program meet regularly to review webinars, discuss what it means to be a digital citizen and create ideas to share with the student population about empowering one another to be a positive digital citizen.