Empowering Youth With Disabilities
Dedication to service
All are welcome
In their weekly visits to the classrooms, mentors explore how to make the students’ educational experiences more rewarding, connecting with them on whatever level they learn at, regardless of their disability — mobility, intellectual, developmental, hearing, speech, visual and others. The project also encourages the participation of mentors with all types of disabilities.
Since EYD began, 22 mentors have worked with 50 students in three middle schools and two high schools. Most of the students use computers for communication, and mentors generally work one-on-one with students. The work is mutually beneficial: As students gain self-esteem and become more engaged in their learning environments, mentors experience a boost in their self-confidence and improve their work skills. A stipend of $100 per semester adds to mentors’ sense of productivity.
Empowering Youth with Disabilities is a fiscally sponsored project of San Francisco Study Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides community projects with administrative support.