Peer Assistant Leaders (PALS)

Photo of PALS Students

The purpose of the PALS program is to create a more positive atmosphere throughout Mattawan High School.  Students in the PALS program become trained peer facilitators and use their skills to help their peers discover solutions themselves.  PALS also introduce themselves to new students and help them become acquainted with their new surroundings in an effort to make every person feel included.  Overall, PALS are here to help make Mattawan a more inviting environment to receive an education.

When asked the question, “Does the PALS program help to provide a caring school atmosphere?” 98% of students surveyed answered, “Yes.”


  • Confidentiality is the main building block of the PALS Program.
  • Each PAL pledges to keep all private information private.
  • If a PAL violates his or her confidentiality pledge, he or she will be asked to leave the program.
  • A PAL is required to break confidentiality for three reasons:
    • A student is harming him or herself
    • A student is harming others
    • A student is being harmed by someone else

How Do I Talk To A PAL?

  • See your counselor
  • See Mrs. Flachier
  • Ask any PAL for more information

Reasons to see a PAL

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Run-Away
  • Academic Concerns
  • School-Related Concerns
  • Alcohol/Drugs/Other
  • Self Esteem
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Harassment/Bullying
  • Sexuality
  • Job-Related Concerns
  • Stress
  • Loss/Grief
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Parent/Family
  • Technology Related
  • Pregnancy
  • Violence/Threats
  • Relationship-Social/Peer

Identifying PALS

Within the school setting, PALS are asked to wear their specially designed PALS T-shirts to help students identify them as peer helpers.  A list of PALS is located in the counseling office and the PALS room.

For more information, please contact:

Mrs. Roberta Flachier, LMSW
Social Work Intervention Specialist
Phone:  269-668-3361 x 1245