Deer Park Schools is filled with history, programs, and extracurricular activities that the average community member may not know about. “Deer Park: Did You Know?” will be a new feature we’ll be rolling out each Tuesday and Thursday to tell the story of Deer Park. Each week, we’ll feature two different hidden gems of Deer Park. Welcome to, “Deer Park: Did You Know?”
Did you know in 2018, Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School became one of seven local high schools to start a Hope Squad?
Hope Squad is a school-based, peer-to-peer, suicide prevention program that emphasizes suicide prevention fundamentals, self-care and anti-bullying. The purpose of a Hope Squad is to improve access and availability to appropriate prevention services for youth who are at risk for suicide.
The Hope Squad functions as a peer support team with the goal of providing friendship, encouragement, and support for students in our school who may be struggling. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors. Hope Squad also spreads HOPE and brings awareness to our school and community about mental health in addition to suicide prevention.
There are now more than 1,000 Hope Squads and 30,000 Hope Squad members in high schools in 34 states across the country.
Inspiring & Empowering Lifelong Success!