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MMS----Peer Leadership Program
2017-2018--Coordinators: Mr. Chernoski, Mrs. Freitag & Mrs. Michael
The Peer Leadership Program at the Middle School is designed to engage seventh and eighth grade
students in positions of responsibility that foster interpersonal and leadership skills.
Students participate in service projects and serve as role models, mentors, and facilitators for their peers.
This program has been thriving for many years due to the strong community ties
built and maintained by past peer leaders.
The 2017-2018 Program will continue this tradition of excellence.
Who are the Peer Leaders?
Most of the 8th grade class participates in the Peer Leadership Program. A limited number of 7th graders will also be accepted into the program. Peer Leaders will meet each week with their advisor to learn about leadership, responsibility and community service. There are 12 specialized groups within the Peer Leadership Program.
History of the program:
The Peer Leadership Program was started in early 1990's. In the beginning the program had only 20 members who worked on small community service projects and mentored our 6th graders several times a year. As the years passed, the program grew to incorporate more students and a greater outreach. Additional leadership opportunities arose and the groups we now know as PLOP, WISH, SOAR and so many more were created. The 7th grade program began as an early intervention program to provide additional training, direction and leadership to a “core” group of 7th grade leaders.
What to expect?
Peer Leaders are in training. They are students who are interested in helping and making a difference. Each week the topics of behavior, attitude, responsibility and dedication to service, both in and out of the classroom/school, are covered. Peer Leaders will make mistakes from time to time. They are still learning and growing. The program acknowledges this fact and provides students the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. A probation board meets with the peer leader having a problem to help understand the issue and redirect his/her actions. Sometimes the best learning comes after a mistake addressed.