Peer Helping Organizations

posted on February 10, 2011

The following organizations may provide more information on peer helping. This information is for educational purposes only. Reference to commercial products or trade names does not imply endorsement by MSU Extension or bias against those not mentioned.

National Association of Peer Program Professionals
The National Association of Peer Program Professionals (NAPPP) was established after the dissolution of The National Association of Peer Programs, originally founded in 1984 as the National Peer Helpers Association. NAPPP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to help adults establish, train, supervise, maintain and evaluate peer programs. Using the NAPPP Standards and Ethics as a guiding principle, NAPPP helps adults through networking, leadership training, certification and programmatic problem-solving.
PO Box 28564
Gladstone MO 64188
Phone (toll-free): 888-691-1088
Fax: 866-314-7337

Peer Resources
This Canadian nonprofit organization provides a complete list of resources in the peer helping field, along with program descriptions, hints and tips for practitioners, the latest research studies, reviews of the most up-to-date publications in the field of peer helping, as well as a newsletter and magazine.
1052 Davie St
Victoria BC
Canada V8S 4E3
Phone (international call from the U.S.): 250-595-3503

Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Natural Helpers® was developed by Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®), a nonprofit organization that supports health education in schools and communities through the development of nationally recognized prevention and health education materials and services.
22323 Pacific Hwy S
Seattle WA 98198-9908
Phone: 800-323-2433

Natural Helpers® C.H.E.F. Kit
This program is based on a simple premise: If a young person is having a problem, they usually turn to each other before talking to an adult. That peer that young people turn to is a “natural helper” who often knows when other students are having a problem before any adults know. Natural Helpers identifies the students that others go to for help, and gives these “Natural Helpers” the skills to help their friends and to know when to report to an adult. The program increases the bonds between students, school staff, and the community. Each interactive curriculum kit contains age-appropriate material from videos, worksheets and games to CD-ROMs, lesson plans and posters. This unique collection of multimedia provides instructors with tools to address complicated health and wellness subjects for Grades 6-12. The Natural Helpers C.H.E.F. Kit is available from:

Discovery Education
One Discovery Place
Silver Spring MD 20910
Phone (toll-free): 800-323-9084

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