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Los Altos High School debuts freshmen mentors


Courtesy of Sarika Sethi
The fledgling Student Community Leaders class at Los Altos High School returns this fall with a new initiative, Freshman Jumpstart, to ease the transition for students arriving fresh from middle school.

Incoming ninth-graders at Los Altos High School will have a little extra help navigating new and unfamiliar breezeways this year thanks to Freshman Jumpstart, a new peer mentoring program run by the school’s youth leadership class.

All new freshmen at Los Altos High this fall will be paired with a volunteer mentor, all of whom are older students whose grades meet a grade-point average cutoff and who have been recommended by a teacher. In an effort to ease the sometimes nerve-racking transition from smaller middle-school campuses, Jumpstart mentors aim to provide not only concrete advice on subjects such as course selection, but also a friendly face on campus.

Student Community Leaders, a class now entering its second year, launched Jumpstart as a part of its mission to support student wellness. Created by history teacher Sarah Alvarado, Student Community Leaders seeks to provide opportunities for students to de-stress from their high-powered schedules, often replete with AP classes and extracurricular resume-builders. Last school year, the class curriculum included everything from coloring stations at lunchtime to a multicultural potluck celebrating diversity.

For more information, visit lahsjumpstart.weebly.com.

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