Mrs. Jill Santucci- MHS &  Mr. Anthony Cinelli-  MES

    Our  main goal in working together to create the Manasquan High School (MHS)Peer Leadership Program is to teach high school students specific leadership and mentoring skills. The MHS peer leaders are trained in specific communication skills and procedures during a high school peer leadership course. During the school year, the high school students participate in the school based peer- mentoring program whose goal is to help improve the social skills and/or academic achievement of younger students in the elementary school. Each week during the school year the MHS peer leader meets with the Manasquan Elementary School (MES) student to whom he or she has been assigned. The program allows them to meet at least one time each week for a 25 minute period during the school day. The activities for the meetings are determined by the child’s teacher or the school counselor. The objective of the lesson or activity depends on the needs of the elementary school child. For example, if there is an academic concern, the classroom teacher prepares the lessons to be taught by the MHS Peer Leader. If the MES student needs to develop and improve social skills, the school counselor will plan activities for the MHS Peer Leader.

    There is an ONLINE FORM now available to be completed by student, parent(s), or teacher if you would like to request a peer. Please print or email form and return to Mrs. Sanders.

    A peer is not guaranteed for all students, but we will do our best to accommodate as many students as possible.



    The basic premise behind peer leadership is that at times, students can learn more from their fellow classmates than they can from adults.  Each year, MES Middle School teachers nominate a group of 8th grade students who portray the following traits friendly, kind, fair, trustworthy, good listening skills, responsible, non-judgmental and someone who can take a leadership role. Students will learn to work with MES students in a variety of ways to assist with their needs.  As a peer helper, 8th graders will be trained to design, develop, and implement programs at MES.  The peer helpers assist other MES students during the school day.  Training for peers is continuous during the school year.  Peer Helpers will meet bi-weekly to continue work on social skills and discuss relevant issues that pertain to their age group.

    A group of 15-20 students will be selected by mid-October each year, based on teacher nominations. Please contact  Mr. Anthony Cinelli with any questions or concerns you may have.