Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Programs

Just Say YES Peer-to-Peer Mentoring programs are an entirely unique approach from any other mentoring structure found in today’s public schools.

Utilizing the FRIENDS FIRST STARS curriculum (Students Teaching About Relationships and Success), Just Say YES Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Programs are student-led, in which high school upperclassmen/women mentor freshmen. The mentors are equipped with leadership skills through weekly meetings with their Just Say YES Mentor Coordinators, who serve as adult trainers and facilitators. The Mentor Coordinator and student mentors meet weekly with freshmen mentees to build supportive relationships, do community service projects and focus on skills necessary for setting positive futures in motion.

Based on the concept of, “A connected student is a protected student,” the Just Say YES Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program values the importance of providing social-emotional learning opportunities to students that will positively impact their attitude, academics and behavior.  Some of the important topics both mentors and mentees learn throughout the duration of the program include: goal setting; self-control; healthy relationships; positive communication; determination; college and career opportunities; bullying prevention; refusal skills; healthy boundaries, and most importantly, the power of a mentor.

Students also have the opportunity to experience various teambuilding workshops during the year, including the annual MentorLife Retreat and the FRIENDS FIRST STARS National Conference held every summer in Colorado.

School administrators have witnessed immense growth in the students who participate in the Just Say YES mentoring program. Because of its impact, administrators have chosen to implement it during the school day as a class period, as opposed to it being a before/after school program. They are also financially investing in this program by allocating funds out of their annual budgets.

Currently, the Just Say YES Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program is only available for middle and high schools located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

We are also extremely honored that the Center of Research and Evaluation (CORE), part of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University, is currently doing research and evaluation on the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program. They have just completed Phase 2 of the 4-Phase study.

What students are saying about our Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program

“Through the mentorship program, I am starting to believe in myself, and know that if I put my mind and heart towards a goal, I can succeed.”


“Just Say YES has changed my life because I know now that I have people in my life that support me, and I know what I need to do to start focusing on my life.”


“As a mentor, I give the mentees advice, support them, and do whatever I can to be a good role model.”


“I used to fight a lot before joining the mentorship program. Now, I know that fighting isn’t the answer to solving problems.”


“Just Say YES has helped me become a better mentor. I have learned the importance of building others up and how to come out of your shell and just be yourself.”


“I fractured my spine and wasn’t allowed to play football anymore, which is what I loved. So I got to love something else, which was the JSY mentorship program.”


“I’m opening up more to new things and I’m able to try new things and meet new people, which I wasn’t able to do before Just Say YES.”


“Just Say YES helps me connect with others by learning how to trust and how to open up; therefore I can help others like myself.”


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