Training Preparation

Once you have identified and recruited your adult advisors and peer leaders, it is time to schedule your Sources of Strength training! Contact your Sources of Strength representative to schedule your training. 

Before the training, watch this video for a brief overview of implementation details and training logistics.

An appropriate setting is critical to having a successful Sources of Strength Peer Leader Training. The time and effort to find an appropriate location is well worth the investment! 

The Room

  • A room with limited noise, outside traffic, and other distractions.
  • Large enough to create a circle in which all Peer Leaders (PLs) and Adult Advisors (AAs) can comfortably sit and engage in all interactive activities. (Enough chairs for PLs and AAs, as well as any other participating adults.
  • Space for moderate levels of physical movement is necessary for some activities.
  • Desks, tables, or other objects should be moved out of the way.
  • A major portion of the training involves participants sharing and it is critical that all participants can hear each other and there are no physical barriers or distractions.

 Setting Up

  • Chairs should be set up in an open circle, close enough together so students can easily hear each other.
  • Chairs should not have desks attached. Tables should be pushed back against the walls, and not be in the middle of the circle.
  • Supplies (often provided by facilitator):
  • Name Tags – the stick on kind work great.
  • Flipchart – poster paper.
  • Lots of colorful markers or crayons.
  • Peer Leader Guides for all participants
  • Adults should know to be involved, sit in the circle, play games, and be there throughout the training.

 The Food

  • Some form of snack and drink for the Peer Leaders is recommended. This adds to the Peer Leaders’ sense of specialness and leadership.
  • Usually snacks are provided during a break in the training, and a simple meal (lunch) or pizza or subs is served at the end of the training.
  • The food should not require excessive set-up that prevents Adult Advisors from participating in training activities.
  • Adult Advisors can use snack times to circulate the room and connect with Peer Leaders on an individual basis.