the Disability Justice Mentoring Collective

Know a young person with a disability who needs a mentor? Know someone who would love to be an adult mentor?  Check out the Disability Justice Mentoring Collective (DJMC). Applications are due on January 31 for the 2014 series! DJMC will begin meeting in February and run through December 2014.
 DJMC provides a unique opportunity for youth with disabilities, ages 13 to 18, to receive guidance and support from a personally assigned mentor who cares about disability justice.  Disability justice is beyond disability rights—being sure that people have access to society and full inclusion beyond what is the law. In particular, disability justice is about furthering the power of people of color with disabilities.
What does it take to be a mentor?
·         A desire to work with youth with disabilities
·         An application and background check
·         Attendance at a meeting one Saturday a month at Access Living
·         Meet up with your mentee once a month at your mutually agreed convenience
·         A willingness to share your interests, experience, and wisdom
What does it take to be a mentee?
·         Must live in Chicago
·         Must be between ages 13 to 18. That means our youngest participants are age 13 and the oldest are age 18 at the beginning of the program when you apply.
·         Must have a disability. All disabilities are welcome and we work to make sure everyone is included.
·         Attendance at a meeting one Saturday a month at Access Living
·         Meet up with your mentor once a month
·         Be open to new experiences and people
We especially need male mentors! We have a few young men waiting for you to step up! For example, Joseph enjoys bowling, roller skating, Play Station 3, and bike riding, and he would like a mentor who can help him with his social skills.
The minimum commitment for DJMC is four hours per month. This includes one group meeting and one one-on-one meeting between assigned mentor-mentee pairs.
To receive an application, contact Kate Danielson or Candace Coleman ASAP. Applications can take a little while process, so lock in your spot now!
(312) 640-2100
TTY (312) 640-2102

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Robert W Kingett

Robert Kingett is a gay blind journalist, and author, with many publications in magazines, anthologies, and blogs. He has judged many writing contests and has won many awards for his writings and advocacy.

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