Our Peer Leadership program gives Twinfield's high school students the opportunity to engage with and better their school and local community. Peer Leaders use their interests, strengths, and talents to develop learning opportunities for other students at Twinfield. With the assistance of staff, they volunteer their time to create mutually meaningful experiences. These students grow in their leadership, facilitation skills, and gain a new opportunity to share their passions and interests with the Twinfield community.
Peer Leadership Projects in 2022 -2023
A Special Thanks to The Vermont Community Foundation for
supporting our Peer Leadership Projects this year with a Spark Connecting Community Grant!
2nd Grade Hiking Buddies
Each Wednesday four high school students join Ms. Flinn's 2nd grade class for a hike. They talk, play tag games and build on our culture of friendship and belonging!
Middle School Math Enrichment Club
Shea is using his love of math, and his Junior year, to share his skills and talents with three 7th grade math enthusiasts. This weekly commitment is something all four of them look forward to!
Peer Leadership Projects in 2021-2022
Community Carnival Celebration
What is Peer Leadership? Peer Leadership is when the high school mentors decide that they want to celebrate their mentees with face painting and popsicles, but when they realize kids without a mentor would be left out, they decide to plan a celebration for everyone. Next thing you know, high schoolers are ordering a dunk tank, 8th grade buddies are making carnival games, and the 7th grade sustainability class plan food booths. Our peer mentors became peer leaders and gave our community just what we needed after 2 long years. Hats off to the 7th-12th graders for throwing an amazing celebration of community & JOY for our elementary students!
Martin Luther King Month of Service
A total of 13 high school students participated in a week of service, in honor of MLK. These students planned and facilitated lessons with elementary students about MLK's life and legacy. It was a wonderful week of connection and engagement! Special thanks to our student leaders, Annie and Holly, who helped organize the classroom lessons and school wide "essential's drive." Their efforts resulted in a generous donate to Head Start's Essential Closet. Click here to see a WCAX story of this project.
Queer Youth Lunch
A high school student has created a space for 5th and 6th grade students to feel seen and heard by facilitating a monthly Queer Youth Lunch. This space has become a fun and safe space for students to ask questions and enjoy being in community with like minded peers.
Chefs in Training
2 high school students shared their love of cooking with the 5th grade class. They met in small groups for cooking lessons, and then donated the food to the food shelf. This project was organized around the winter Holidays, so the students were able to donate pies and lasagnas for take home meals at the local food shelf.
Future Projects could look like:
- Nature walks and clean-ups
- Art projects and installments
- Race, Equity, and Inclusion
- Fitness classes and games
- Gender and Identity
- Reading to and connecting with elementary students
- Climate change and environmentalism
Work with our Service Learning Coordinator, Fiona Zahm, and Mentoring Program director, Pam Quinn, to explore your interests and create a meaningful project!