The Peer Support network was established in 2014 and aims to mainstream PSS in schools through addressing the social and emotional needs of High School students. The PSS department has trained 162 Peer Supporters in REPSSI’s “Journey of Life” since the program was started.
- Peer Supporters help school counselors at each of the schools identify students who are struggling either emotionally or academically.
- They jointly identify students that require Dignity Packs that contain deodorant, lotion, Vaseline, soap, sanitary pads, and shoe polish for those in need.
- Peer Supporters can refer more serious cases to the PSS department and the Peer Supporters meet once a month with Vuyisile for feedback and to discuss cases they have been involved with.
While the principle aim of the Peer Supporters is to extend the PSS department into the schools, they also serve as a means of imparting social and counseling skills on the Peer Supporters themselves. This network is one of the most sustainable programs at the Moya Centre. The training and experience benefits each Peer Supporter personally whilst promoting teamwork, support, and connection.