Computer Technologies Program: The Mentorship Project for Youth with Disabilities (MPYD)

Alana Theriault (Mentee Recruiter)
Email
510-849-2911, ext. 303

Joni Breves (Mentor Recruiter)
Email
510-849-2911, ext. 302
Website

PROJECT NAME: The Mentorship Project for Youth with Disabilities (MPYD)
PROJECT LOCATION: San Francisco Bay area
ADMINISTERING ORGANIZATION: Computer Technologies Program (CTP)
CONTACT:

Alana Theriault (Mentee Recruiter)
Email
510-849-2911, ext. 303

Joni Breves (Mentor Recruiter)
Email
510-849-2911, ext. 302
Website
FUNDING SOURCE: Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) grant
POPULATION SERVED: Youth with disabilities between the ages of 14-28 living in the San Francisco Bay area interested in a career in technology
SERVICE TYPE: Graduates of CTP are matched as mentors and role models with youth with disabilities
SERVICES PROVIDED: Youth with disabilities benefit greatly when they are able to get to know adult role models who have disabilities. These youth are also in a position of greater advantage when they have information about career choices in technology fields. To create these relationships and provide technology career information, CTP matches its graduates as mentors and role models with youth with disabilities. CTP believes these adult peer role models who are working in jobs in the information technology field can open up worlds of possibilities for youth with disabilities. The youth are encouraged to imagine themselves as productive participants in the mainstream of society.

The goals of this Mentorship Project for Youth with Disabilities are: 1) to match 10 CTP graduates as mentors with 10 youth with disabilities who are interested in careers in technology in the coming year, 2) to introduce young people with disabilities to peer adult role models working in the technology field at workshop presentations and employment panels, and 3) to document and publicize the project via the website, so youth with disabilities will have access to information on the World Wide Web about adults with disabilities who have technology jobs. CTP graduate role models are profiled on the web pages, providing information and inspiration to youth considering careers in technology.