Students Attend Peer Leadership Summit

A group of high school peer leaders attended an inaugural Peer Education Leadership Summit along with 70 of their peers from across Suffolk County on Nov. 16 at the Port Jefferson Community Center.

During the summit, which was sponsored by the Neighborhood House and the Long Island Coalition Against Bullying, the trained peer leaders participated in a variety of activities that prepare them to use their positive influence to promote anti-bullying and suicide prevention within their respective schools.   
Activities the 16 Port Jefferson students took part in included group improve and discussions on how to handle conversations related to suicide and bullying.  Students also heard from speakers, including Joe Salamone of the Long Island Coalition Against Bullying, Michelle Virga of the Neighborhood House, and Laura Campbell, of the Crisis Center of Long Island.

“These awesome young people shared their time, compassion and courage so that they can bring incredibly important messages back to their schools and communities,” said Kristin Britt, summit organizer and a social worker with the Port Jefferson School District.

Also attending the summit with the students were teachers Dinarae Camarade and Jesse Rosen.