Student Leaders Trained as Mentors in Violence Prevention
Our student leaders are vital resources for Emma Girls. Each year, girls undergo a rigorous application process to become a senior Proctor or junior Wellness Advocate (formerly known as Peer Educators). These leaders are trained to provide direction and advice for navigating the many aspects of life at Emma. As such, they undergo training on a number of topics.
This year, as an extension of Emma’s partnership with the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, both Proctors and Wellness Advocates met with Prevention Educator Ron Fountain and Adolescent Therapist and Prevention Educator Carly Sunderland for a training on how to be mentors in violence prevention (MVP).
The goal of the MVP program is to raise awareness of different types of trauma and how it impacts each person individually, challenge thinking on what trauma looks like, have an open dialogue, and inspire leadership.
Together the group discussed what it means to be a leader and an active and passive bystander, and how to recognize those who may need support and get them help.
It was emphasized that it’s not the responsibility of a Proctor or Wellness Advocate to help a student through a trauma, but to know how to point her to resources both on and off campus to get the support she needs.
Honoring its founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world.