Prices for items in the Student Store and a poster made for the Holiday Food Drive, run by the Student Leadership Club at WPH.
At my West Powellhurst Elementary internship, I co-led the Student Leadership Club (SLC). The SLC provided peer leadership in a variety of different activities:
Each quarter, about 10 students were selected to run the Student Store. This store is a function of the PBIS program at WPH, where students can spend the PBIS "wildcats bucks" to purchase school supplies such as erasers, notebooks, or folders. SLC team members are trained on the rules and roles of the store, then they run the store two days a week before school begins.
During the holidays, a different group of about 12 students are selected to assist in the Holiday Food Drive. Students helped make promotional posters, organize the donations into equally distributed boxes, make announcements in classrooms and assemblies, and assist in distributing donated gifts to families.
SLC members assisted in setting up and restocking the special event Bubbles, Chalk & Dance Party! This event was a reward for the school body after high stakes testing, and ran during lunch recess times.
Another vital experience regarding peer mentorship is my work as a School Based Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters. During my three years at the non-profit mentoring organization, I supervised multiple Teen Sites in different districts around Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA. Teens Sites bring teen mentors (usually juniors and seniors who have been interviewed & screened) to an elementary school for after school activities once a week. Teen mentors and elementary students were carefully matched by interests and backgrounds, and were provided structured activities to foster relationship development.
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