Sag Harbor student creates mentoring program for peers

Sag Harbor student creates mentoring program for peers
Posted on 10/03/2017

Sag Harbor senior Sophie Lattanzio has started a new mentoring program at Pierson High School that aims to provide peer support to International Baccalaureate students. It’s called iBuddies.  

After taking a college tour over the summer and learning about peer mentoring programs provided to freshmen, Lattanzio said she thought a similar program would be beneficial for IB students at her school.

“Going into my junior year of high school was intimidating to me, especially entering into a program that seemed foreign at first,” she explained. “Many of the people in my grade, including me, wish we had a mentor — someone to talk to about presentations, grading policies and the IB Diploma as a whole.”

Just a few days before the start of school, Lattanzio, with the assistance of Pierson High School Assistant Principal Michael Guinan, got the program off the ground by enlisting 12 senior IB students to serve as mentors to 33 juniors.

“Our hope is that the program builds relationships and camaraderie among students while transferring some of the knowledge gained by the veterans of the program,” Guinan said. “This group will also provide support for students through an extremely challenging academic year.” 

So far, iBuddies have met twice with plans to join together for other events, including a trivia night at John Jermain Memorial Library. In addition to providing activities for students to spend time and learn from each other, the program will assist IB students to fulfill their CAS (creativity, activity and service) requirement.

“My hope is that students in the program gain a unique learning experience, study skills, organizational times, as well as insight on how to tackle challenges,” said Lattanzio.

In addition to leading iBuddies, Lattanzio is involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Katy’s Courage, is a member of the Sag Harbor Community rowing team, president of the National Honor Society and member of the Interact Club.