Strength In Diversity
Your Primary Coordinator and Adult Advisors will work with your site or school staff to nominate and recruit a group of Peer Leaders from across the social network of the site or school. Your Peer Leader team needs to be diverse, as
a diverse Sources of Strength team is a fidelity requirement, not a recommendation.
The Peer Leader team should reflect your school and community regarding racial and ethnic identity, gender and sexuality, religious affiliation, abilities, grade level, socioeconomic experience, and culture. The Peer Leader team should be socially diverse as well and represent as many of the social networks, cafeteria tables, clubs, cliques, and groups in the school and community. It is especially important to identify peers who influence these diverse social groups.
Building a Community of Strength
Together your Adult Advisors and Peer Leaders will meet regularly and form a Community of Strength. We recommend teams meet at least twice a month, for 30-60 minutes, to share and connect, to laugh and play, and to plan events, activities, and initiatives. This team is practicing, building, and sharing stories of Strength. Over time, this team becomes a Community of Strength, especially when it is:
- Diverse and reflective of the broader school and community. Your Sources of Strength team should be diverse in terms of social group, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, class, age, and ability.
- Inclusive in its language, policies, storytelling, and leadership to create brave and strong spaces for everyone involved.
- Collaborative in its strategic partnerships within the school and the broader community (i.e., other peer-led initiatives, groups, clubs, and student activities).