Facilitating an all-girls middle school workshop with high school peer leaders at Carondelet High School checks all the boxes: service, connection, fun, and leadership!
With 70 middle schoolers and more than 20 Carondelet high schoolers participating, we had a full house! After a round of fun connection ice-breakers, middle schoolers connected more closely with one another in smaller breakout groups of 10 to 12 led by Carondelet high school peer leaders.
Students learned about female leaders who transformed their communities then engaged in compassion activities, including movement, uplifting cheers, and journal writing. Our workshop finished with a direct service project: writing affirmation notes for local nonprofit Youth Homes.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, connecting with others is an important component to uplifting youth mental health. Learning compassion practices together, then working on a shared service project is one way for students to foster a sense of community, common purpose, and connection. We celebrate the power of peer leadership to support youth mental health. Seeing it in action through service and well-being practices at Carondelet was amazing!