The Peer Mentors are a group of students who applied for the position and want to make a difference in our school. They are students who have pledged to be honest, welcoming, responsible, and caring towards themselves and others. Another goal of the program is to connect students across grade levels and provide a more comfortable and smooth transition for students coming to the middle school. We look to them to serve as role models for their fellow peers and classmates. Many of our goals and activities are based on the principles of Project Adventure’s Full Value Contract. These values are: Be Here, Be Safe, Let Go and Move On, Commit to Goals, Be Honest and Care for Self and Others.
Peer Mentors were randomly partnered up with 2 – 4 incoming 6th graders. They meet with and participated in Project Adventure activities with the incoming students during orientation in June. Peer Mentors once again assisted incoming 6th graders by giving tours to students and parents at the end of August. The first week of school Peer Mentors were reunited with their 6th grade buddies during lunch time for a discussion about their transitional successes and concerns so far.
The relationships being built between Peer Mentors and their 6th grade buddies are invaluable. Peer Mentors will participate in activities that may include helping with Red Ribbon Week, co-teaching classroom guidance lessons, teaching lessons at Stonybrook, assisting with lessons at Kiel School, and serving as escorts during Career Day.
Applications to become a Peer Mentor are open to 6th and 7th graders each spring (usually April) and have that role for one calendar year.
We are excited for the activities and ideas the Peer Mentors provide throughout the year at PRM!