Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.: Mentor Match (MM) Program

PROJECT NAME: Mentor Match (MM) Program

PROJECT LOCATION: Western Massachusetts and Buffalo, New York
ADMINISTERING ORGANIZATION:
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc. (PYD), which empowers youth with physical, sensory and learning disabilities to reach their personal, educational and career goals by providing one-to-one and group mentoring programs where adult mentors with disabilities act as positive role models and provide support, understanding and guidance.

CONTACT:

Kerlyne Pacombe
617-556-4075, ext. 18
617-314-2989 (TTY)
Website
FUNDING SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy
POPULATION SERVED: Youth with disabilities between the ages of 6-24

SERVICE TYPE: MM arranges one-to-one relationships between young people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities and adults who have similar disabilities. The goal of the program is to help young people with disabilities meet their full potential for personal development.
SERVICES PROVIDED: Established in 1985, MM strives to inspire a young person to develop his or her talents and abilities by means of an adult role model who has encountered similar frustrations and experienced success. Mentors and mentees make a one year commitment to see each other once per month and to have telephone or email contact once per week. After undergoing a thorough screening process, participants are matched according to similar disability, common interests and hobbies and geographical proximity. In addition to one-to-one contact, mentors attend mandatory group training sessions and participants are also encouraged to participate in fun group outings sponsored by PYD once every three months.