Peer Leader at Edward R. Murrow High School
Transcribed from an audio interview. Responses have been edited for clarity.
I learned about Day One when I was going through some stuff. A friend had told me, “Oh, there’s a RAPP Coordinator, come just like if you wanna see, you wanna check it out. If you like it, then you get into a new program, and then if not, it’s fine.” And I ended up liking Day One. It’s a very open space, and everyone is different, so you can learn different things.
Right now we’re learning about how to figure out ways we can help other people, like maybe help them find a way they can get help for themselves. I feel like people around our age don’t really want to talk to a therapist because it’s just like, Oh they’re not gonna listen. But if students get involved, they are going to be able to communicate with other teenagers, so that their voices are heard.
Last week, we learned about Day One’s legal team. Legal work has always been something that interested me, and we did an activity that had to do with relationship abuse and how the law actually applies to healthy relationships. And that’s something that really interests me, and it kind of brought it back to me that that’s something that I want to pursue as a career.
This type of law has never really been shown to me before — like family or relationships. I feel like that could be good for me. Day One helped me figure out what I want to do, because before, I struggled with the idea of not wanting to go to college or anything. But everyone at Day One is so supportive.