Peer Mentor Appreciation Day at Salem Willows Park
Today, we held a Peer Mentor appreciation day at Salem Willows Park to celebrate all the hard work this academic year. We played games, had great food, and reminisced on this year’s highlights. We’re so thankful for our amazing Peer Mentors, we could not do this work without you!
Day 1 of Younity Training
Today was our first day of Peer Mentor training at the Younity drop-in center in Gloucester. It was great to get to know our new group of trainees!
Stephanie Moulton Symposium and QPR Trainings
Yesterday, our Peer Outreach Coordinator, Ray, joined the 10th Annual Stephanie Moulton Symposium. Our team presented QPR suicide prevention training to leadership and advocacy students at West Boylston Middle/High School yesterday as well, and we presented QPR to Eliot staff in Lexington today!
Tabling in Beverly and Marion
Today, our team split up for two different mental health tabling events, one in Beverly for the North Shore Youth Leaders Teen Mental Health Day, and the other for Old Rochester Regional High School’s Mental Health Walk in Marion. It was great to speak to youth who joined and folks from other community serving organizations!
Presentations to Andover High School
Today we wrapped up two days of presentations at Andover High School, the very first school where The NAN Project presented in a classroom! A big thank you to Holly Breen and the supportive educators at AHS for making us feel especially welcome.
Presentations to 5th Graders at MLK Charter in Springfield
We had our first ever presentation to 5th graders at Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence today! They students were so knowledgeable about trusted adults and signs of a mental health challenge. We really appreciate Lori and all the staff who make MLK Jr. Charter a safe space to talk about mental health! We also had our second presentation for the George Keverian School’s students yesterday! They asked some thoughtful questions about our Peer Mentors’ stories and suggested some great coping skills like drawing, listening to music, and exercise!
Presentations to George Keverian School in Everett
Today we returned to George Keverian School in Everett and presented comeback stories to 111 8th graders. The students opened up about mental health in their lives and asked questions on how to support those with mental health challenges.
Mental Health 101 & Coaching Day
Today our team presented Mental Health 101 to school nurses in Malden, and we also ended this busy week with a fun coaching day for our Peer Mentors. We worked on our middle school comeback stories and wrote thank you notes to the schools we presented to this year. It was a great way to reflect on how much of an impact we have made this year, and look forward to finishing strong with the rest of our presentations before summer break. We also wanted to give a big thank you to The Cummings Foundation for all their support!
Presentations to Swampscott High School
Over the past two days, our team has presented to 5 classes of students at Swampscott High School. We talked about what impacts mental health as well as coping skills our team and the students had used to feel better after a tough mental health day. We deeply appreciate Miss Woodfin’s efforts in supporting her students and inviting us to present for her students all four terms. We look forward to returning next year!
Presentations to Saltonstall Middle School
Today, our team presented to two classes of 6th graders and two classes of 8th graders at Saltonstall School in Salem. It was refreshing to see them in-person after holding presentations virtually last year. We were so pleased with their participation and engagement throughout. One student was so eager that they asked when we were coming back!