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Mentoring Program for Children with Learning Differences

Project Eye-To-Eye

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Updated April 20, 2009

Project Eye-To-Eye is a national mentoring and advocacy program for students with learning differences and/or ADHD. Through the program, younger students are matched with high school and college students who also have LD/ADHD and who act as mentors, tutors, and role models.

“Research shows that the most important element in the life success of labeled individuals is not IQ or academic success, but self-esteem. Project Eye-To-Eye’s fundamental mission is to give younger labeled students hope by bringing a mentor into their lives who can model success and empower younger students to imagine a positive future for themselves.”
-Excerpt from the Project Eye-To-Eye Program Model

Mentors also aim to provide younger students with skills that facilitate academic empowerment such as positive self-advocacy and understanding one’s own learning style and strengths. They also work in partnership with teachers, students and parents to develop proactive learning strategies and implement a concrete accommodations plan for their mentee.

In addition to academic empowerment, the Project Eye-To-Eye programming model relies on the use of art as a medium of empowerment. Through art, students are able to develop their strengths and validate their unique gifts that are too often ignored in the traditional educational setting. The program also aims to connect, support and empower parents in becoming effective advocates for their children.

To learn more about Project Eye-To-Eye or to start a chapter in your area, visit ProjectEyetoEye.

Additional Reading:
Understanding Learning Differences
What Are Executive Functions?
Strategies for School Success
Growing Up With ADHD
Profile of Artist: Robert Toth

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