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!
Presentations to 200 Beverly 7th Graders
Over the course of two days this week, our Peer Mentors presented to nearly 200 7th graders at Beverly Middle School. The students had a lot to contribute and we were happy to answer their questions!
Presentation to Youth at Risk Conference
Today we presented at the Youth at Risk Conference held at Endicott College. Two of our Peer Mentors shared their stories as part of our presentation and we received some helpful feedback! We also got the opportunity to table at the YAR Conference and connect with new organizations. Our team was pleased to learn lots of new information from the amazing keynote speakers and breakout session presenters.
Presentations to Woburn Memorial High School
Our Peer Mentors returned to Woburn Memorial High School today and presented to 58 students. It’s always great to be back at Woburn and to present in such a welcoming classroom. We look forward to being back next year!
First In-Person Presentations to Lawrence High School
Today we wrapped up our last of three days of presentations to 222 Lawrence High School 9th graders. This was our first time doing presentations in-person to Lawrence High School students and we’re excited to continue this connection. Our Clinical Director, Donna, also led a QPR training for cultural specialists at Lawrence, to offer staff more resources to help students that may be struggling with their mental health.
CHNA15 Showcase & North Reading High School Presentations
Today, we wrapped up our second day of presentations to sophomores at North Reading High School this week. We attended CHNA15’s showcase, where we tabled and and talked to other organizations who were awarded grants by CHNA15. Our grant was for student programming and professional development for staff in Woburn. We appreciate being able to take part in this event, and are thankful for CHNA 15’s support!
Presentations to 82 8th Graders at McCall Middle School
Over the past two days, we have presented to 4 classes of 8th graders at McCall Middle School in Winchester. They just wrapped up their mental health unit on depression and had very poignant questions and comments about mental health challenges and recovery. We look forward to returning!
Presentations to 9th Graders at Milford High School
Today our team returned to Milford High School and presented to three classes of 9th grade students. The students had thoughtful responses on how best to help a friend who is struggling and how to connect them with a trusted adult. Ms. Hochberger shared the homemade tacos cooked with the help of students in her nutrition class, which was such a treat! We look forward to continuing our work with more students at Milford next year.
Tabling in Danvers and Wakefield
Today, we tabled at two separate different events for DanversCARES and Wakefield Mental Health Community Forum. For the DanversCARES Light the Night Purple Walk for Substance Use Awareness, the color guard from the Danvers High School Marching Band headed off the one-mile walk in honor of substance use awareness. The walk was followed by a Danvers High School acapella group, and a story of recovery from addiction. The ceremony ended with the lighting of luminaries. At both events, our team connected with some of our school partners and made new connections. We thank the communities of Wakefield and Danvers for allowing us to join them in bringing awareness to substance use and mental health.
Presentations at North Reading High School
Over the past two days, we have presented to over 150 students at North Reading High School. We were so pleased to hear firsthand from students that they appreciated our stories and that many had trusted adults at school that they check-in with regularly. We were happy to have two of our newly trained Peer Mentors join us for the first time today. We’ll be back at North Reading High School next week to speak with more classes!