Jewish Life Pathing (JLP) is a program designed to use the talents and passions of our older students to enable our younger students to explore new avenues of experience. This program brings the athletic talents of our high school students into our elementary school.
Each student fills out a questionnaire to discover the areas in which he or she feels confident to share with the younger students. Twice a month on Friday afternoons, we shorten our day and send our high school students out to our other campuses.
At the helm of the organization are three juniors supervised by faculty advisors and guidance personnel. They assign mentors, mentees, and team leaders for teams in our middle school and our two elementary schools. For example, for boys baseball, there are three teams, each equipped with high school mentors.
The team leader lets us know what supplies are needed a week ahead of time and makes sure he or she has enough coverage. Leaders report to the three captains. The captains report to the faculty coordinator. Captains coordinate venues with the three principals for the activities. After each session, the captains meet to discuss the occurrences and plan for the next session. At the end of the year, they choose and train their replacements.
Our school is consolidating into one campus this year. After the transition, we anticipate expanding JLP to more than just a few hours, since upper and lower school students will have more access to each other. Our graduates are so proud of their accomplishments in JLP that they write about the program on their college applications. Our younger students still feel close to those older students they see.
JLP is entirely student organized and student led. It is a simple, inexpensive program that bonds the entire school and benefits every part of the school community. ♦
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