Make progress on your goals with a peer mentor.

What is Peer Mentoring? 

Peer Mentors work with individuals on their goals in one-on-one and group settings. Peer Mentors have personal experience with some of the same challenges you may be facing, and are specially trained to use their experience and work to help others.

All Peer Mentors are thoroughly screened using various background checks to ensure safety.


How Do I Sign Up?

Already receiving Compeer services? Call your Coordinator to sign up!

Have a counselor or someone you are working with at another agency (e.g., school, doctor’s office, clinic)? They can make a referral by contacting our office.

Don’t have a counselor or mental health provider? Contact us for more information.

Once your referral is received, one of our Peer Mentors will contact you to set up a meeting.

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Are There Any Other Services?

You will have access to free events and activities hosted by Compeer Rochester and our community partners. If your parent(s) or guardian(s) are involved in your life, they will have access to a Family Peer Mentor who can assist with many family needs.

Time spent with your Peer Mentor will depend on your goals and how quickly you make progress and/or complete them.

After you have completed some (or all) of your goals with your Peer Mentor, you can choose to enroll in our other mentoring services.

Need more information?

Contact Josh Higgins, Program Manager at (585) 546.8280 ext. 217, jhiggins@compeerrochester.org

Dave White, Senior Youth Engagement Specialist, (585) 546-8280 ext. 223, dwhite@compeerrocehster.org

Kim Klupacs, Youth Peer Specialist, (585) 546-8280 ext. 210,
kklupacs@Compeerrochester.org

Scot Rose, Youth Engagement Specialist, (585) 546-8280 ext. 210, srose@compeerrochester.org

Completed referrals should be submitted to:

Compeer Rochester, Inc.
259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

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A Peer Mentor is Not

  • A parent or disciplinarian

  • A social worker or mental health professional

  • A babysitter

  • A tutor

  • A taxi driver

  • A source of money or food

  • Available 24/7 or “on-call”

What Goals Can I Work on With My Peer Mentor?

  • Life and independent living skills

  • Relationship and socialization skills

  • Improving grades or attendance at school

  • Obtaining or preparing for employment

  • Finding volunteer work

  • Self-confidence

  • Physical fitness and nutrition

  • Mental wellness

  • Putting together a treatment team or finding a new provider

  • Budgeting and saving money

  • Time-management

  • Getting a driver’s license or understanding public transportation

  • Identifying natural support and resources in the community

  • Improving relationships with family members

  • Finding new hobbies or interests

Okay So, Do I Qualify?

In order to qualify, you must:

  • Live in Rochester/Monroe County

  • Be 16–24 years old

  • Be in (or willing to be in) ongoing mental health treatment

  • Be able to benefit from the presence of a mentor in your life

  • Be willing to set goals and engage in activities with a Peer Mentor to make progress towards your goals

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