Peers With Impact
FHS Peers United
Peers United students are trained by staff members from Impact, a United Way sponsored organization, to deliver factual information about substance use to younger students. Peers students at FHS stand up for and promote healthy substance-free living. To become a member of Peers United at FHS, applicants must be nominated by faculty and they pledge to maintain a substance free lifestyle. By doing this they serve as positive role models for their same age peers as well as younger students.
The Peers at FHS travel to Forest Park Middle School to teach 7th graders about the effects of alcohol use on the body, brain and other consequences. They also teach information about Marijuana to 8th grade students. One of the primary messages delivered combats the myth that most high school students use alcohol and/or drugs. The Peers share about themselves and their belief in a healthy lifestyle with younger students, providing a positive model of a successful and happy high school student.
While there are no officers in this organization, several opportunities for leadership have emerged over the course of the four years that Franklin has participated in Peers United. Recently, the FHS Peers were selected, along with two other high schools in the area, to participate in a pilot media campaign targeting high school age students. The "We're Not Buying It" campaign aims to discourage alcohol use by high school students through visually engaging video messages shared on Facebook and other social media outlets. Additionally, in the past two years, several Peers students have spoken at Town Hall meetings and Forums to showcase what they do at the high school and the middle school. In the coming weeks, the Peers United students will collaborate with Franklin Area Parents and Students United and other organizations such as Student Senate, Athletics & Activities Council, SADD and our Saber Academy students to sponsor a dance at the high school to recognize that students can have a great time and be substance free.
Advisor: Katharine Reid