Oakland School’s Peer-to-Peer Counseling Program Helps Students Cope With Trauma

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“This year, for the first time, the Oakland school district is investing $10,000 from its budget to support Madison Park’s peer-to-peer mentoring program. The district has over $103 million in COVID relief money from the state and federal governments for addressing students’ behavioral and mental health needs.

The district has another $63 million to support and expand the community schools model, also used by Madison Park Academy, district-wide. Both Morales and Lorenz — a school district employee whose position as college and career coach is paid for by Measure H (previously known as Measure N), which was just renewed by voters this year — would like to see another position funded at the school to expand the mentorship program, so more students could join and help change school culture.”

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