Emma Shullman, Reporter
Many students at New Canaan High School have impeccable talents. Whether it’s sports or theater, the diverse interests of the student body is a unique aspect of NCHS. Role Model Mentors (RMM) is a program that takes advantage of these talents by giving NCHS students, and students from different high schools in the area, the opportunity to mentor local students of all ages in sports, academics, and other fields in which these kids want to improve. In doing so, RMM creates life-changing experiences.
Jack Dunn, NCHS student body president, has participated in RMM for a year and believes it is an eye-opening experience. “Whether it be through playing basketball or any sort of game, I helped in every way I could.” he said. Jack believes that the relationships he is able to build through the program are unique and important.
RMM recruits students from all over Fairfield County to work with students both old and young. For high school students, it provides a flexible job. Even with his busy schedule, Jack still finds time to take part in the program. “The organization is very flexible and understands that the school year isa busy time for teens. They are able to work around our schedules,” he said.
RMM’s goal is to help mentoring students build strong relationships with their mentees and gain an invaluable experience while furthering their education and skills “It feels good to be able to help someone else in things that they may not be the best at.
The mentees are able to explore activities they may never have done before, with the help and advice of experienced high school students. The help given through RMM covers a diverse range of skill sets. “I’ve helped with summer math, tennis and even worked on getting better at some board games,” Jack said, “It’s a unique leadership opportunity.”
Compared to other ways to earn money, RMM creates a special experience where mentors learn while also helping others. Any NCHS students who are interested in making a difference in younger students’ lives may want to consider participating in RMM.