Positive Peer Culture (PPC)

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About This Program

Target Population: High-risk youth in public, private, and alternative schools, and in residential settings, including juvenile corrections

For children/adolescents ages: 11 – 22

Brief Description

PPC is a peer-helping model designed to improve social competence and cultivate strengths in youth. “Care and concern” for others (or “social interest”) is the defining element of PPC. Rather than demanding obedience to authority or peers, PPC demands responsibility, empowering youth to discover their greatness. Caring is made fashionable and any hurting behavior totally unacceptable. PPC assumes that as group members learn to trust, respect, and take responsibility for the actions of others, norms can be established. These norms not only extinguish antisocial conduct, but more importantly reinforce pro-social attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Positive values and behavioral change are achieved through the peer-helping process. Helping others increases self-worth. As one becomes more committed to caring for others, s/he abandons hurtful behaviors.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Positive Peer Culture (PPC) are:

  • Meet the universal growth needs of youth for affiliation, achievement, autonomy, and altruism
  • Improve social competence
  • Cultivate strengths in youth
  • Convert negative peer influence into care and concern for others
  • Developing social interest through leadership and guidance from trained adults

Contact Information

Larry K. Brendtro, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Reclaiming Youth at Risk
Website: www.ReclaimingYouth.org
Phone: (605) 580-9557
Address: PO Box 255
Lennox, SD 57039

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: January 2008