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Peer Leadership


Peer Leadership is Back in Person! Every Monday Starting April 26th from 7:30-8:30pm.

Middle school students are struggling every day with issues such as bullying, harassment, negative peer pressure, and social insecurities. In the fall of 2005,  Anthony Parlato and Lisa Sanders began a Peer Leadership Program with the goal of guiding a team of middle school age students who exhibit leadership qualities, and empowering them to create a more positive school and peer climate.

Each week students in grades 5-8 meet under the guidance of facilitators Michael Valentine and Jordan Sanders at Moriches Community Center, 313 Frowein Road, Center Moriches. The students discuss issues they and their peers face on a daily basis, such as bullying, substance use and peer pressure, and they brainstorm ways to create a more safe, welcoming and respectful school climate and positive peer culture. The facilitators stress confidentiality, guide them in role play and discussions, and offer advise regarding seeking help from school staff and others for more serious issues.

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Peer Leadership is funded by a generous grant from the Knapp Swezey Foundation.