The Author, John Dellick
John is an old soul in a young man. He has lived a lot of life in his twenty five years. From being bullied as a child to bullied in high school, from being arrested, thrown in jail, a suicidal attempt, and a whole lot more, he remains a calm person with a quieting presence. Athletic yet ready for a game of Exploding Kittens or Right, Left, Center, John enjoys the company of friends and friends-soon-to-be.
He serves as a mentor for at-risk and troubled youth as well as for adjusted youth who need life advice. John has presented at national and regional conferences on topics ranging from peer mentoring to youth consulting. Once you have met him, you feel as if you have known him your entire life. He is for real and wants to help you.
Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters, and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, reflective listening, or counseling. Peer support is also used to refer to initiatives where colleagues, members of self-help organizations and others meet, in person or online, as equals to give each other connection and support on a reciprocal basis.
Peer support is distinct from other forms of social support in that the source of support is a peer, a person who is similar in fundamental ways to the recipient of the support; their relationship is one of equality. A peer is in a position to offer support by virtue of relevant experience: he or she has "been there, done that" and can relate to others who are now in a similar situation.