2004-04-16 / Community

Teens Helping Teens at Lawrence Woodmere

Teens Helping Teens at Lawrence Woodmere


Pictured, left to right: program founder, Amanda Monin, of Woodmere, and Amanda Hirsch, of Belle Harbor.Pictured, left to right: program founder, Amanda Monin, of Woodmere, and Amanda Hirsch, of Belle Harbor.

A group of Upper School students at Lawrence Woodmere Academy have begun a program to help Middle School teenagers deal with their problems.

The peer support group, "Teens Helping Teens," meets every Friday with teacher Limor Tintweiss to consider questions submitted anonymously by 6th, 7th and 8th graders to draft answers.

"I saw a need for it, knowing how my own adolescence was and how hard some things were," says senior Amanda Monin, who pioneered the program last year. "I always kind of wished there was someone to give me advice and someone to talk to."

To assure confidentiality, each student with a problem is assigned a number. The questions are left in a locked box in the Middle School corridor, and the answers are left with teacher Jessica Kelly in an envelope with the same number.

"Quite a few youngsters are taking advantage of it," says Middle School Director Jane Eisenstadt.


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