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Peer Assistance Leadership

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For Fall 2020, the Orange County Department of Education will provide virtual PAL trainings for schools located in Orange and neighboring counties. For more information, please contact Elke Petras at 714-966-4458 or epetras@ocde.us. Schools located outside this area, should contact Workers Assistance Program. They provide PAL advisor training nationally.  

​​​PAL develops youth leaders who connect with t​heir peers to
create a caring, safe, and supportive school environment for all.

The PAL Peer Assistance Leadership Pro​​gram is a school-based, peer-to-peer youth development program for students in grades 4-12 built upon a philosophy of students helping students. The mission of our PAL programs is to ​develop youth leaders who connect with their peers to create a caring, safe, and supportive school environment for all. 

PAL peer leaders help build a positive school climate through youth leadership, mentoring, conflict resolution, cross-age teaching, peer helping, service learning, and prevention activities. The PAL program supports the development of 21st Century Skills in the areas of leadership, communication, team building, and problem solving. The program can be implemented as a club, class, or incorporated in to an existing leadership program, where students receive training in the PAL curriculum and plan campus outreach activities.

An effective PAL program can help schools implement many of the researched-based activities that enhance youth engagement and connectedness to school and community, two of the most important protective factors for all types of high risk behaviors.

PAL is a registered trademark of Workers Assistance Program, Inc., and is used under license. PAL design is a registered trademark of the Orange County Department of Education.