This blog post was written by Kristin Humphrey, Mentoring Director, Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD), a member organization in the National Disability Mentoring Coalition. As the 2015 year comes to an end, I have been reflecting on all that Partners for Youth with Disabilities’ (PYD) mentees have accomplished. Mentor Match is one of five […]
On Saturday, September 13th, PYD hosted our first Career Mentor Brunch, in collaboration with Massachusetts Rehab Commission (MRC) with a mentor-for-a-day model. The event took place at the Institute for Human Centered Design and was catered by Mucho Gusto, the catering company of Oz Mondejar and John Verlinden. There were a total of 37 attendees […]
In her groundbreaking autobiography, The Way I See It, Temple Grandin writes about the role mentors can play for people living with disabilities: “Mentors did, indeed, play a pivotal role in helping me become the person and professional I am today. They can be valuable catalysts to helping the spectrum child or teen learn fundamental […]
In honor of National Mentoring Month, PYD recently collaborated with Mass Mentoring Partnership to host a training for our Mentor Match participants on advocacy and lobbying. Participants learned how the state government operates, background on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the rules of lobbying, tips for building relationships with legislators, the history of the mentoring […]
Starrmaine applied to PYD’s Mentor Match program in 2008 when she was 11 years old, in search of a mentor who would make her feel special and lend an open ear as she became a young woman. We matched her with Lisa – an energetic, compassionate junior at Boston University – and it quickly became […]
There is only one week left to sign up for the 2013 Massachusetts Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)! YLF is an incredible leadership opportunity for selected youth with disabilities to attend an overnight conference at Bridgewater State from July 16th-18th. YLF participants are selected through a statewide competitive process that seeks youth with disabilities with leadership […]
Recently in the “Chronicles for Evidence Based Mentoring” — an online source for sharing new findings and ideas about youth mentoring — there was an article written that highlighted PYD’s recent research on the benefits of mentoring for youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The article was written by Marty Martinez, Executive Director of the Massachusetts […]
Research shows that a mentoring relationship with structure has a better chance of being successful; setting goals together as a match is one great way to build structure. Here are some key tips that can be helpful in the process of setting goals.