Getting Started


  • Present program information and details to decision makers/stakeholders for approval – on-campus meetings, teleconference calls, and/or webinars.
  • Identify lead entity, funding mechanism, develop MOA with key roles, expectations, and deliverables.

Infrastructure Development

  • Obtain administrative commitment from school or key community entity.
  • Review basic intervention protocols and update if needed.
  • Identify and recruit potential adult advisors/coordinators  with necessary skill set, connections, and commitment to Sources of Strength.
  • Adult Advisor Skill Session – 3-6 hours.
  • Provide Sources of Strength in-service to faculty or staff, 15 – 60 minutes. (Optional).

Peer Leader Recruitment and Training

  • Identify and recruit diverse Peer Leaders – 10-50 in size. Documents available at
  • Schedule Peer Leader training 3 hrs (middle school) 4-5  hrs. HS – College, follow room set-up guidelines.
  • Evaluation pre-test for Peer Leaders (if applicable).

Peer Leader Messaging Events
Sample Format

  • AA’s and PL’s provide messages to a larger group of students representing different cliques and groups.
  • Naming Mentors/Trusted Adults by PL’s and student body – (hallway display, Thank Your Mentor Week, etc.)  using magnets and small posters.
  • Poster Creation (Local Faces) – Students create a series of posters with their faces, positive friends, mentors, and activities highlighting Sources of Strength messaging themes. Courage Poster templates, I AM Stronger Posters.
  • Multi-media Messaging – Peer leaders can use videos, Facebook, Twitter, texting, art, writing, to spread key message themes and specific Sources of Strength campaigns.
  • Peer Leader Presentations – Peer Leaders facilitate interactive sessions with classrooms, assemblies, lunchrooms or in dorms, clubs, community, faith settings using games, multi-media, and personal strength stories/themed projects like “I AM STRONGER”, “WHAT HELPS ME”, or “Strength of the Month” messages.
  • Sources of Strength joining activities  using high fun factor, games, clues, teams, to engage other students or community members involvement with Hope, Help, Strength messages.
  • Other Hope, Help, Strength messaging activities can take place using texting, video, campus radio, television, talent shows, art, writing, etc. 

Year End Wrap-up and prep for Year Two Start-up

  • Celebrate and provide recognition to peer leaders efforts.
  • Post test evaluation, peer leader assessment and plan for year two.
  • Review Administrator commitment, stakeholders commitment.
  • Year Two training for returning and new Peer Leaders.

Train Regional Trainers
If Applicable, see more in our Trainer section.