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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

SI News

 

Hope, Help, and Strength

Ella Presher ’14
Managing Editor

Life is not always "smooth sailing." It can be rocky or dark, and you can feel as though you are drowning. The new Sources of Strength program at SI helps us highlight and strengthen the forces in life that bring us joy and encouragement. This year will be the program’s first full year to bring positive change to our school. Drawing on the ideas of the Peer Assistance program, which it replaces, Sources of Strength attempts to use peer leadership and positive messaging to bring SI students strength in hard times.

Sources of Strength (SOS) is a national program that specializes in the prevention of suicide, violence, and substance abuse. It teaches students to draw on their "sources of strength," such as positive friends, mentors, and healthy activities for support instead of turning to self-harm. The SOS literature states, "Many strengths are more powerful than one, and our united goal is to activate and mobilize these strengths in ways that positively change individuals and communities."

The key to the program's success lies in the collaboration of peer leaders and trusted adults. In its mission statement, SOS emphasizes "supporting and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their friendship networks...to maximize health and protection in the real world." Peer leaders deliver "Hope, Help, and Strength" messages through social networking that focus on breaking "codes of silence" that surround suicide and self-harm. The organizaion increases a spirit of unity.

SOS is a program "by the students, for the students," Lauren Tetrev '14, one of the student leaders, stated. She explained that the students in SOS brainstorm and plan the activities because they can truly empathize with other students and know which projects will best reach the student body. "We don't care how well you do in your classes or in a sport," she added. "We care about you as a person and as a friend." According to student leader Scott Wu '14, the program will "focus on building up our community, from freshmen to seniors. SOS is not just for people to talk about their problems; it attempts to create a comfort zone and make SI feel like a second home."

Mr. Michael Thomas, who directs the Peer Assistance program, states, "We have nothing like this program at SI that pairs students with adults in order to create mutual trust which could possibly save lives."

Posted by on Monday October, 21, 2013

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