Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of training do the peer group mentors go through?
All mentors are required to undergo a background check and video interview with our mental health advisory board. If selected, they are required to complete our online mentor training program in partnership with Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital.
What are the requirements for peer group mentors?
Mentors must be at least 21 years of age, a certified Mandated Reporter in the state of Illinois, be passionate about youth development and mental health advocacy, and must have at least an undergraduate degree in social work, psychology, or a related field.
Can my child's mentor provide transportation?
No. Students are responsible for their own transportation to all program meetings.
What is the cost to participate in a peer group?
There is no cost for a student to participate in this program.
Where do I find any necessary program materials?
Program materials are sent to all students and parents/guardians at the beginning of each week. These materials can then be downloaded and printed at home.
Where do peer groups meet?
When peer groups meet for discussion on week one and three each month, they are required to take place in a public setting such as a local coffee shop, park district, church, or library.
When during the week do peer groups meet?
Each peer group has its own meeting schedule based on the availability of the assigned mentor. This information will be communicated to students once enrolled into the program.
Is my child responsible for paying for themselves at group outings?
Yes. Students must pay for themselves. at all monthly group outings.
What if my child isn't enjoying their peer group experience?
If your child is not meshing well with their assigned peer group, please notify us. We'd be more than happy to help match your child with a new peer group in your area.
What if their is no peer group in my area?
If there is no peer group in your area, we have online peer groups available to students in the meantime while we do our best to establish a peer group in your community.