Kids support their PEERS – Ewing Observer

Ewing sisters grow personally while mentoring others
Magdalena and Renata Stankowska

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For Renata Stankowska, her older sister, Magdalena, isn’t only a hero, she’s also a role model.

Being a role model is an important thing for the two sisters, and they both have had the opportunity to do just that thanks to their service in an area social services organization.

The Stankowskas are two of a number of area students who have been working as counselors in the PEERS program, run by the Trenton-based Millhill Child & Family Development.

Millhill, founded in 1971, instructs Mercer County youth about the perils that they and their counterparts face on the road to adulthood.

Millhill’s mission is to make Trenton, and the world in general, a better place through education and outreach.

One of its flagship endeavors is the PEERS program, which stands for Performing, Educating & Engaging about Responsible Strategies.

Magdalena, who graduated as valedictorian for Ewing High School in June, just may be PEERS’ flagship graduate. She finished her work at Millhill during the summer, and is now in her first year at Princeton University — from which she received a full scholarship.

The most rewarding thing about being in PEERS, she said, is “seeing myself, as well as the people we talk to, actually get something out of our workshops.”
Renata Stankowska.