Polson Middle School

Positive Youth Development Programs at Polson Middle School

Positive youth development is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities in a manner that enhances youths' strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.

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Roar is the youth affiliate of MADE in Madison. Like its high school equivalent, LEAD, Roar will focus on creating long lasting changes in the school, and community. Roar members will have a chance to learn about youth leadership skills, policy change, and spreading positive messages throughout Polson and Madison as a whole. Roar members will also have a chance to interact with other students from across the state at conferences and events. For more information on Roar email or call Catherine Barden  203-245-5694. 

Girls Leadership Group

Girls' Leadership Group meets once a week after school from November through May. This program aims to promote positive self-esteem, body image and good decision making skills while having fun and meeting new people in a safe and supportive environment. For more information email or call Melissa Balletto  203-245-5657.  

Peer Helpers

Peer Helpers is for students at Polson who are considered trustworthy and helpful to their peers.  These students are trained in communication and problem solving skills.  The training consists of a weekend retreat and five additional weekly sessions.  Upon completion of the weekend, Alumni Peer Helpers serve others through the following:  peer supported tutorial services, easing the transition for new students, discussion groups with faculty to improve student/teacher communication and respect, assisting the guidance counselors in orientation programs for students coming to Polson School.  They also work on community service activities to improve school culture. If interested you must fill out the Peer Helper registration form and follow the instructions carefully. Space is limited. For more information please contact Peg Butler at butlerp@madisonct.org or 203-245-5645.