Peer Advocacy


Students Protecting Students

Before Julie Hertzog became the director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, she was a concerned parent. Because her son David was born with Down syndrome, was nonverbal, and had a Pacemaker and a feeding tube, she was worried that he would be vulnerable to bullying. As she advocated for her son with school staff, she realized how much student interaction happens outside the view of adults.

Recognizing that David’s classmates could be powerful allies for her son in bullying situations, Hertzog worked with the school to create a unique support for him while he was in sixth grade. A group of his classmates received training disability and on how to prevent bullying and speak out on David’s behalf. They called these students peer advocates. If they see bullying they can intervene, talk privately with the person who is bullying, help remove David from the situation or report to an adult.

The idea worked for David. Now what started with four children in sixth grade has evolved to a school wide project. More than 40 students volunteer to become peer advocates so they can help David and other students with disabilities. The program continues today in the middle school and students from the original pilot that are now in high school championed with their administration to start a program at their school. It’s a strategy that any parent and educators can explore.

 Learn more about implementing a peer advocacy program in your school here


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commented 2017-02-16 14:10:24 -0500 · Flag
This is very good concept I was really impressed by this thought “Students protecting Students”. As blogs says by this way us can maximum restrict bad students from bullying other innocent students? By the increase in bullying in schools children are afraid of coming to schools.
commented 2017-01-04 00:46:15 -0500 · Flag
It seems that your child have suffered from many hurdles but the good thing is that he have just recovered well from this thing and he have gone to that thing for all those thing which might me the reason for that thing, and have also researched on this topic.
commented 2016-11-15 07:28:14 -0500 · Flag
I think the understudies ought to be secured without anyone else. They can utilize some exceptional showers and they can convey a firearm. Be that as it may, every one of the educators can make a decent culture.
commented 2016-09-03 06:47:45 -0400 · Flag
School environment should be a little strict and yet educational student should be thought about human rights and academic teacher should focus on students more as student are fragile when they are little they learn what they thought and apply it in real life. According to the research by bullies usually do what they see or face in real life they express their feeling by hurting someone else.
published this page in Educator Resources 2012-03-30 18:20:24 -0400