The PAL® Peer Assistance Leadership Program is a school-based, peer-to-peer youth development program for students in grades 4-12 built upon a philosophy of students helping students.
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.
The PAL curriculum is certified as an evidence based practice by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
. 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.