On December 1st, 2016, Brookline’s 12th annual community Wellness Summit gathered parents, students, Brookline Schools staff/administration, health experts, police, and community members to address the changing landscape of teen substance abuse. The overall goal was to explore current trends and brainstorm strategies. BHS Interim Headmaster Anthony Meyer welcomed everyone, including Superintendent Andrew Bott and Selectman Bernard Greene, stressing the importance of creating community solutions for ongoing issues. Mary Minott of the Brookline Public Health Department introduced the peer leaders: “Our goal today is to hear the voices of our students and put our heads together to brainstorm steps we can take as a community to reduce the impact substance abuse has on the health and wellbeing of our youth.”
On November 7th, the election night eve, BHS Peer Leaders debated the pros and cons of the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts and the impact on youth. The students were well informed about the issues and the two sides presented eloquent positions and entered into some heated friendly but debates over the impact on our community.
What Is It?
Text Less Live More is a nationwide organization founded at Milton Academy in year of 2013. This program was inspired by the death of Merritt Levitan who died in a car crash on July, 3rd due to a distracted driver.
Text Less Live More has a dual mission:
1) Raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving to save lives and prevent tragic accidents.
2) Encourage people to use technology in a mindful manner.
Textless Live More at BHS
Peer Leadership is comprised of a group of students who have identified social issues in their community and want to tackle them head on. These issues include gender based violence, mental health, racism, social media and technology, alcohol and other drug education, and much, much more. As Peer Leaders they are change agents by creating presentations, videos, media campaigns, and group discussions for Brookline community members. Whether they are leading discussions in the middle schools or presenting at PTO meetings, Peer Leaders are working hard to create a safe and healthy community for all Brookline Youth.
To apply for the Peer Leadership Program, fill out the application (on this page) and stop by Room 149 (Next door tot he nurses office) or email Kendell Jones or Mary Minott to schedule and interview: firstname.lastname@example.org, Kendell_Jones@psbma.org
The course meets Z Block, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays
Students were asked three questions:
1) What about school stresses you out?
2) What are teachers doing to help with that stress?
3) Are there outside factors that add to that stress?
The clip above is a short summary of honest and earnest responses by our students.