Natural Helpers is a peer-helping
program used across the United States and in several other countries.
It primarily serves middle school and high school students who want to
strengthen their communication and helping skills and to provide support
to others and service to their schools and communities.
The Natural Helpers program
is based on a simple premise: Within every school, an informal
"helping network" exists. Students with problems
naturally seek out other students - and occasionally teachers or other
school staff - whom they trust. They seek them out for advice, for
assistance, or just a sympathetic ear. The Natural Helpers
Program uses this existing helping network; it provides training to
students and adults who are already perceived as :natural
helpers". It gives them the skills they need to provide help
more effectively to young people who seek them out.