The Peer program is a pilot-program that contributes to the advancement of skills within identified communities by training youth peers from those communities. The goal is to elevate youth with significant life experience, but limited education and professional experience, to fundamental positions within their chosen industry. Each year, a new cohort of youth peers is brought on and entered into the tapered graduation structure and is mentored by the previous level.
Each project team composed of CRE staff and youth peers works closely with every community and assists in the production of needs-based expertise, streamlining education and transitioning into the workplace as a professional. After the two-year pilot, CRE will work with each community to develop policies and strategies that will allow them to be self-sustaining, fully funded, and run as a community venture. Following the pilot, the project will be turned into a manual that offers a template to be adapted to the needs, Traditions and Cultures of each unique community. If this pilot is successful, then CRE could continue working directly with each community on a much larger scale utilizing similar guidance.