MENTORING AND PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM

MAPS is a training and support program for the peer support workers on the DRASTIC program. DRASTIC employs the skills of a team of peer support leaders 15-30 years of age. These are young people who have overcome adversity and wish to give back to the younger community, and or youth seeking training and experience working with youth. These young people work alongside and support DRASTIC participants to achieve fantastic outcomes in their artistic creations as well as personally through peer support and informal harm reduction education DRASTIC participants when ready are encouraged to enter the MAPS program.MAPS is a program which works alongside the peer support workers to train and supervise them in their role and also provide on the job training support and opportunities to pursue further employment and education. MAPS increase the capacity of DRASTIC to provide education, support and employment pathways to its participants.

MAPS is currently funded through purchases of DRASTIC –  Current partners  are: Ohana, Wesley Mission YARA and GCDC YODA + CLAIS. GCDC also offer ink-ind support in joint delivery of the MAPS program.

PEER ROLES

Creative Inclusive has a staging system for peers allowing them to increase their responsibilities and reward

Peer Role Models – Youth who have completed more than 3 programs, who are under 15 but are positive role models and have shown commitment and a desire to be a peer.

Peer Trainee - Youth who have completed more than 3 programs, are over 15 years proven role models and want to give back to other young people through helping participants on DRASTIC programs

Peer level 1- Youth who have completed more than 3 programs as a participant and 1 as a trainee and are over 15 years are proven role models and want to give back to other young people through helping participants on DRASTIC programs. These Peers are ready to share their personal stories with participants. Peers at this level must attend briefing and debriefing pre and post programs and workshop days – A Volunteer contribution of $30.00 is paid to each Peer Support Leader.

Peer level 2 – These are peers who have are ready to facilitate a workshop. These peers are paid to facilitate a session 1-2 weeks per DRASTIC program – fees are negotiated on industry standard and depending on skill level.