Peer Mediator 2017 Cohort

This is Jake Army. He’s in 10th grade at Claremont Academy, and he loves sports. He chose to be a peer mediator “because “I thought it would be good to kind of help the younger kids at our school with conflict.”

“I’ve had two mediations I’ve been involved with,” he said, “and I felt good after when everybody was happy and everything was solved.”

This is Isaac Harding. He’s in 10th grade at Claremont Academy, and he really likes basketball. He was chosen to be a peer mediator because he has a voice in the school.

“I got involved with peer mediation because my guidance counselor thought…it would be good to have me in the class,” he said.

This is Paola Pomales. She’s in 10th grade at Claremont Academy, and she really likes cats. She became a peer mediator to encourage middle school students to enjoy what they have and take it easy.

“I was really, really bad in middle school, like really, really bad, I was always in trouble,” she said. “They saw a change in me growing up, and I got more mature, and more into school, and less into getting in trouble, more into doing good things for the community.”

This is Hazel Rivera. She’s in 10th grade at Claremont Academy, and she loves reading. 

This is Calvin Sam. He’s in 10th grade at Claremont Academy, and he plays baseball.

“I got involved because I feel like I wanted to be more in the community about nonviolent solutions and trying to build a community with peers about situations that people usually really can’t solve by themselves,” he said. “I’ve learned new things, like new ways to like solve problems.”

This is Sherlin Santillan. She’s in 10th grade at Claremont Academy, and she likes to go out to eat a lot.

“The reason I joined peer mediation was because I thought it would be a better experience to build up more skills for myself,” she said. “The experience in total was great because I felt like I took a lot of things from it that helped me when I went to other conferences with youth leadership and stuff.”

This is Nayerique Ventura. She’s in 10th grade at Claremont Academy, and she loves history. She was chosen to be a peer mediator by the school.

“I thought it was going to be helpful for the school and for the middle schoolers because I feel like the middle schoolers are growing up and they kind of need a guide,” she said. “I feel like peer mediation is kind of a good way of doing that.”

This is Giselle Villatoro. She’s in 10th grade at Claremont Academy, and she likes to play soccer. She was chosen to be a peer mediator by the school.

“As I started going to the classes and really understanding the meaning behind it I really found use in it because I could help other people,” she said. “I’ve had to deal with people that have little problems to big problems and it’s fun.”

Our sincerest thanks to Kelly Stimson at Greater Worcester Community Foundation for these beautiful photos of our peer mediators.