The Lewisburg Listening Post's near-peer mentors build trusting, caring relationships with students and are trained to respond appropriately to their needs. Joys are acknowledged and recognition is given to achievements--large and small. Sorrows are consoled and negative behaviors are addressed. Our near-peers facilitate group discussions, carefully interrupt, correct, and resolve negative behaviors, provide self-help and problem solving skills, and alternative points of view. The near-peers refer all serious concerns and incidents to school guidance staff.
The Lewisburg Listening Post is a daily team group mentoring service that provides a safe, relaxed, fun, and encouraging environment for students at the Linntown Intermediate and Eichhorn Middle schools to speak freely about anything. Each team of mentors consists of 2 professionally-supported and trained Near-Peer Mentors (Bucknell undergraduates). The Near-Peers’ relative closeness in age to the students being served allows them to relate well to students’ concerns but respond from the perspective of several more years of experience.
The Near-Peers meet with groups of students (average of 7-10 students per session) during lunch periods in a designated Listening Post room at each school. The students that utilize the Listening Post “self-select” (come of their own volition), but students may occasionally be assigned by school guidance counselors, social workers, or faculty members to come to the Listening Post for an extra layer of support.