Students were engaged in sessions where they participated in ice-breaker activities and were provided snacks and beverages. The focus and goal of the program was to promote team building, leadership and character development through guided activities. Students practiced goal setting, effective communication skills, and collaborating as a group using interactive games specifically designed for teens. Participation was enthusiastic and feedback from students and teachers alike were positive.With the upcoming Shattering the Myths/Living the Example Rally taking place at Taconic Hills in September, program participants were invited to become youth ambassadors to continue spreading positive messages of prevention to their peers.
Mentor would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who made this summer program possible: Claire Parde of the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium, Inc. and the Foundation for Community Health, The Columbia County Community Foundation and District Superintendent Dr. Neil Howard, and summer school coordinators Lynda Akerman and Melanie Arre of Taconic Hills Central School District.