August 31, 2023 (Fairhope, Ala.) – Registration for the 13th Annual National Peer Program Conference is now open! The beautiful white sand beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast will once again serve as a backdrop for this year’s conference at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala.
ThriveWay and the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation co-host this unique opportunity for more than 700 educators, counselors, Peer Helper Coordinators, school administrators, and youth mental health professionals to join together to collaborate on ways to transform the youth of their communities using the Peer Helper PLUS program. They’ll gain invaluable insight through interactive workshops, keynote speakers, and dynamic breakout sessions focused on effective strategies and emerging trends in peer programming. It’s the perfect opportunity for participants to collaborate with peers and industry leaders from throughout the nation and build invaluable relationships.
This year’s conference will be kicked off with Kwame Johnson as the keynote speaker. Johnson’s inspiring story of going from being incarcerated while in high school to being the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the largest and most effective youth mentoring agency in the state of Georgia is sure to inspire everyone. Kwame is highly distinguished and has received national recognition for his work including the Social Entrepreneur Program of the Year Award from the Manhattan Institute.
What is the Peer Helper PLUS program?
It is a comprehensive, prevention and support program that works with schools around the country to promote the mental health of our youth and teaches them to advocate for one another.
Peer Helper PLUS has been proven to help students improve grades, cope with tragedy, decide against suicide, and better connect with classmates oftentimes for the first time. Administrators have said the program is helpful in recognizing unsafe situations in students' home lives as well.
Register as a Participant
You will be a part of a community of brilliant minds working on ways to change the lives of youth throughout the world. For more information and to sign up today visit http://peerprogramconference.com/.
About ThriveWay: ThriveWay is the leading peer-to-peer prevention and support company in the nation, empowering students to be academically, socially and emotionally successful; to recognize and resolve conflict; to value diversity; and to be advocates for positive change and healthy choices. Through their evidence-based Peer Helpers PLUS program, they partner with schools to promote the mental health of youth, teach peer advocacy and reduce student violence and suicide. For more information visit ThriveWay.com.
Perdido Beach Resort is the largest privately owned and operated Orange Beach, Alabama hotel. Situated along sandy white shores and turquoise waters, Perdido Beach Resort offers the best location for beach vacations and group events. As a full-service beach resort, we have everything a visitor needs right on the property. From recreation to dining, relaxing to celebrating, your total vacation experience is covered. For more information visit https://www.perdidobeachresort.com.
Kwame Johnson was named the “Most Admired CEO” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Kwame serves as the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Atlanta overseeing the largest and most effective youth mentoring agency in the state of Georgia. Kwame has drastically transformed the organization’s operations, programs, and fundraising increasing overall revenue by 80%. Kwame is also the award-winning author of The Hope Inside: Harnessing the Power of Mentorship in Life and Career.
Kwame found his passion while incarcerated during his senior year of high school. During this challenging time, he decided to change his life and made history by becoming the first youth to ever take his SATs in jail. Kwame was accepted into Hampton University and decided to leave college at the age of 19 to become a social entrepreneur and has dedicated his life to service. For more information about Kwame visit https://kwamejohnsonsr.com/bio.