30 Incredible Things Our Mentees Accomplished During 2015

A mentor and mentee sitting on a benchThis 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 PYD programs, and it pairs caring adult mentors with youth living with any kind of disability. Through these relationships, our youth get help reaching their personal, educational, and career goals. Our mentees range from age 6 through 24, and as such, our matches engage in a wide range of activities and goals together. Matches communicate a minimum of once a week via phone or email and meet for at least 4 to 6 hours a month for an in person activity. Together, our mentors and mentees work towards goals in the areas of healthy relationships, self-esteem, education/vocation, independent living and community involvement.

Throughout 2015, we had over 115 matches and our mentees have accomplished countless goals. In honor of PYD’s 30th anniversary, here are 30 experiences that PYD mentees had this year:

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NDMC Meeting Minutes: December 2015

National Disability Mentoring Coalition Meeting
December 4, 2015
Meeting Minutes

Amir Abdolrahimi, Intern, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
Rayna Aylward, NDMC Co-chair, PolicyWorks Inc. Board Member
Jeanne Argoff, Board Member, Westside Center for Independent Living
Lindsay Baran, Policy Analyst, National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
Laura Cooper, Keep the Music Playing
Samantha Dannick, Intern, AAPD
Keri Gray, Youth Transition Fellow, NCIL/NYTC
Gary Gooseman, Board Member, PolicyWorks Inc.
Emily Hanna, Program Manager, AAPD
Ray Hutchinson, Mgr, Industry Partnerships, DC Public Schools
Carolyn Jeppsen, CEO/President, Broad Futures
Darius Murray, Mentoring CI Assoc., Florida Atlantic University
Rachel Patterson, Director of Public Policy, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Jessica Queener, Manager, National Youth Transition Initiative, HSC Foundation
Diane Quest, Senior Director, External Affairs, MENTOR: The National Partnership
Derek Shields, NDMC Co-chair
Regina Snowden, Founder & Executive Director, Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD)
Tari Hartman Squire, CEO, EIN SOF (and COSD representative)
Ebony Watson, RAMP National Director, IEL
Kevin Webb, Senior Director, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF)

Topics Covered: Recap on COSD Conference and Full Access Summit; discussion on the launch of the Hall of Fame nomination process in January 2016; discussions on National Mentoring Month; updates from member organizations.

Download complete NDMC meeting minutes here.

Promoting disability inclusion at the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley

The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley (BGCAV) was a PYD Inclusive Fitness for Youth partner during 2014. During that time, the club worked with our National Center to make significant improvements in engaging youth with disabilities, including training their club staff on disability inclusion and etiquette, participating in an adaptive court sports workshop, and developing opportunities to recruit and engage youth of various abilities.

Since that time, BGCAV has continued to grow and improve their programming to engage youth with disabilities. One of their newer programs is sitting volleyball. This fun activity is open to youth of all abilities, and is lots of fun for all!

About the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley: The Mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley is to promote the growth of young people in our community by empowering them to become productive, caring responsible citizens.

Youth & Family Disability Resources: December 2015

December has come, and though the ground is not yet covered in snow, the holidays are in full swing in and around Boston. There is plenty to do, so check out the fun festivities throughout the month!

Transitions to Work Program For Young Adults with Disabilities
Now accepting applications for a training session in retail and customer service at the CVS Caremark Regional Learning Center in Boston. Students will gain hands-on work experience and cash register training that is relevant to real-life jobs. The training will take place at the JVS Boston office and classes are run by JVS instructors. Eligible participants must be: between the ages of 18 and 35, able to show proof of a documented disability, and motivated to find a job. For more information contact 617-447-5462 or mfleisig@jvs-boston.org or visit the JVS Transitions website.

Free Holiday Movie Screenings at Assembly Row
Join Assembly Row as we treat you and your family to a free big screen showing of three of your favorite holiday classics:

  1. Saturday, November 28th at 10 a.m. – Elf
  2. Saturday, December 5th at 10 a.m. – Home Alone
  3. Saturday, December 12th at 10 a.m. – The Polar Express

RSVPs are required! An Eventbrite link will be available the week of each movie due to limited number of seating available. Subscribe to the Facebook event to receive a notification when the link becomes available.
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