Positive Peer Culture
The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. – Matthew 23:11-12
In its most basic form, Positive Peer Culture (PPC) relies on the position that young people can develop self-worth, dignity, and responsibility only when they become committed to helping and caring for others.
As most parents are well aware, teens are more apt to be influenced by their peers than by their own family or others in authority. Positive Peer Culture applies this to the therapeutic setting by naturally moving a student from being self-focused to others centered. This concept is central to God’s design for us and is replete throughout Scripture. As each student moves away from self-focus to serving others, he or she ultimately discovers that his or her own needs are met in the process. PPC gives each student a sense of personal and community empowerment by removing the power struggle, thus enabling them to have ownership in not only their own personal growth but also in the growth of their community.
Additionally, Positive Peer Culture focuses on taking accountability and responsibility, not only individually, but also in holding peers accountable for their own behavior and choices. This method allows our students to see their peer group not as a liability to their personal growth amidst challenges, but as a resource to them. It is the concept of making care fashionable in an environment where adults still maintain control (without being controlling), yet placing responsibility on the teens to help one another.