Saturday, March 27, 2010

Did You Know? Mentors Change Lives

Research has shown that mentoring can motivate youth with disabilities to build skills and take the steps needed to transition successfully from high school to adult living. Mentoring can take the form of personal meetings, e-mail exchanges, telephone conversaitons, leters, or any other form of correspondence. Mentorying relationships can concentrate on specific topics, such as career awareness, social skills, or technical skills. (Source: NCET: http://www.ncset.org/topics/mentoring/?topic=32)


There are several ways to find good mentoring opportunities for your child. Many mentor programs are Internet-based, enabling students and mentors to build a relationship online. To learn more about how mentorship programs work and might benefit your child, contact the following organizations:


DO-IT Pals

The University of Washington DO-IT Program (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) hosts an electronic community of teens with disabilities planning for college and careers. The program offers mentorship opportunities between students and professionals in common fields of interest. Many DO-IT mentors have disabilities themselves.


Web: http://www.washington.edu/doit/Programs/pals.html

Phone: 888-972-DOIT (3648) (toll free voice/TTY)

Email: doit@u.washington.edu


Ability Online

This is a free online community where children/youth with disabilities and their parents find role models and mentors. Online support 24/7 and ongoing monitoring makes this a family friendly experience.


Web: http://www.ablelink.org

Phone: 416-650-6207
Toll Free: 866-650-6207
Email:
information@ablelink.org


Connecting to Success

Connecting to Success is a nation wide electronic mentoring program, begun in 1999 by National Center on Secondary Education and Transition at the University of Minnesota (NCSET). This program is designed to promote successful transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Electronic uses a combination of e-mail and face-to-face meetings to facilitate mentoring relationships between young people and caring adults.


Web: http://ici.umn.edu/ementoring

For more information, please contact:


Joe Timmons
612-624-5659 phone
timm0119@umn.edu


Sharon Mulé

612-626-0335 phone

ssmule@umn.edu email


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