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Peer Trainers travel to the Anti-Defamation League New England Youth Congress

posted May 19, 2015, 8:16 AM by Dawna Green   [ updated May 19, 2015, 8:18 AM ]
4/17/15, Boston: To date, 21 GHS students have been trained to be ADL “World of Difference Peer Trainers”. After training, these students lead workshops throughout the year with current & incoming Freshmen to help them be more aware of biases and to respect differences. This year, 4 of the Peer Trainers were lucky enough to attend the ADL New England Annual Youth Congress in Boston! The theme at this year's Youth Congress was "Breaking Barriers". The students and advisors heard a keynote speech given by Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run as a registered participant in the Boston Marathon. The 4 GHS juniors who were chosen to go to the Youth Congress, Hannah Rose, Ian Cameron, Nora Harrison and Samantha Kane, also led an hour and a half long break-out session workshop with a group of 30 middle school students from schools throughout New England. When we say that they "led" the workshop, we really mean it! They were given an outline of the activities to do, but they collaborated with each other to plan the activities, prepare materials, implement the activities and facilitate the small and large group discussions. Advisors Brianna Robbins and Heather Perkinson guided them in the preparation process, but then just observed the actual workshop. They were happy to report that they were so very proud and impressed! To top it all off, the ADL put everyone up at the Boston Sheraton, which is where the Youth Congress was held, and donated the cost of Concord Trailways bus tickets!