On November 13, 2015, Nathaniel Pedan, Tyler Ellis, Emilia Rivera, Elizabeth Bjork, Julia Pappas and Ting Hsu Engelman represented the Piedmont Unified School District Wellness Center at the Northern California Safe and Healthy Schools Conference.
The conference is designed to offer quality training and information on topics and model programs to prevention professionals and educators. PUSD Wellness Center presented on Positive Peer Pressure: combating bullying, drugs, alcohol, and harassment. These are issues middle and high schools face on a daily basis. The top preventative strategy is through Peer Leadership programs, which are designed to promote positive peer pressure.
During the workshop, students shared how different peer leadership programs directly improve school climate and support students’ social emotional aptitude. The Wellness Center Director, Ting Hsu Engelman, gave a brief summary of wellness center services and provided information on how to jumpstart peer leadership programs at school sites.
Based on an anonymous review from an attendee, “The workshop provided inspiration for me to jumpstart peer leadership programs at my own school. The youth speakers were dynamic!”