Wednesday, February 24, 2016

ADL Peer Leader Group

by Matt Marenghi

Among the many hats I am fortunate enough to wear, I’d like to use this blog post to boast about my role as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Peer Leader co-advisor at Blake Middle School.

Along with Senora Gonzalez, this is our second year advising the ADL Peer Leader program.  Peer Leaders go through an application process from which they are selected from many, many applicants.  The Peer Leaders received three full days of training from an ADL representative and have since met weekly after school.  Our ultimate goal is create and maintain a community a Blake that is respectful of differences and intolerant of any prejudice or hate.

The Peer Leaders teach lessons to each of the eleven 6th grade advisories.  They gave their first lesson to the 6th graders earlier this month entitled “The Diversity Iceberg” which encourages students to appreciate and explore each other’s personal and cultural identity, especially those qualities which you may not see on the surface.  Here are couple of shots of the Peer Leaders in action:

On March 22nd, the Peer Leaders are excited to attend ADL’s 22nd Annual New England Youth Congress in Boston.  This will give the Peer Leaders an opportunity to meet and work with other groups from throughout New England.  For more information about this event or about the New England chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, please visit the following website:

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