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The Girls’ Peer Mentoring Program Creates Cross-Divisional Opportunities for Connection

Girls’ Peer Mentoring is an annual cross-divisional student-led program that bridges the RCDS Middle and Upper School divisions by pairing girls in Grades 6-8 with mentors in Grades 10-12. Mentors and mentees are paired based on shared interests, sports, and hobbies. Throughout the year, the Upper School mentors meet one-on-one with their Middle School mentees and as a full group for fun community-building activities. The program is a meaningful way for students to build individual relationships and develop a continuing sense of Rye Country Day community.

This year, Girls’ Peer Mentoring is led by senior Julia Eason and junior Celine Fong, with the faculty support of Middle School Latin Teacher Beatrice DeSabatino and Drama and Dance Department Chair Kate Henerey. Their activities for 2022-23 have covered a range of topics, from self-care and mental health to games and crafts.

“Girls’ Peer Mentoring’s purpose is to connect students across divisions at RCDS and provide them the opportunity to socialize, de-stress, and form strong friendships. Julia and I are having an amazing time leading the program this year. We recognize the importance of being able to reach positive role models and trusted friends, and we believe that mentorship can establish nurturing and uplifting bonds that are beneficial to everyone.” — Celine Fong ’24

 

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