Community Peer Groups

Once a student completes a one-day retreat, students will have access to a community peer group that provides them with mentorship, friendship, and a supportive peer community on a weekly basis. This is a powerful way that students can continue their ForeverU journey after the one-day retreat. Students receive weekly text alerts and parents/guardians receive weekly emails that contain downloadable and printable program materials.

Student Profile of Peer Group Participants

Our ForeverU peer groups are highly encouraged for students grade 7-12 who are looking for a compassionate community of young people that provides program participants with a sense of purpose, hope, and belonging. To get the most out of their peer group experience, students who choose to participate should be open to personal growth and positive change, take responsibility for their own learning, and be supportive member of the ForeverU community.

Week 1 | Self-Discovery

Peer groups meet in person to discuss recent challenges they've been facing, new goals they'd like to achieve, and personal development practices that can help them navigate their life story.

Week 2 | Group Outing

Peer groups meet together for an outing like going bowling, meeting for pizza, or seeing a movie. These monthly group outings help strengthen the bond and overall friendship of those in the group.

Week 3 | Self-Discovery

Peer groups meet in person to discuss recent challenges they've been facing, new goals they'd like to achieve, and personal development practices that can help them navigate their life story.

Week 4 | Guest Speaker

All ForeverU peer groups meet online via Zoom to hear the personal story of a guest speaker. The interview concludes with a Q&A that gives students the chance to ask the speaker questions that came to mind.

Monthly Program Schedule

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.

Disclaimer: ForeverU is classified as a youth development organization. Please know that our volunteers, employees, and representatives are not medical professionals. We are a community of individuals who are passionate about offering support and belonging to youth on their mental health journey. The information and programs we provide are meant to encourage and support students and is not meant to replace the advice or expertise of medical professionals.

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