Great things happen when you have a “shoulder to learn on.” That’s our philosophy at Eye to Eye, the national mentoring movement for different thinkers.
We pair young students with learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (LD/ADHD) with college and high school mentors who have similar labels. Through our proven arts-based curriculum, mentors share strategies of doing great things with learning and attention issues, while mentees learn self-esteem and self-advocacy skills crucial to success in school and life.
Our research suggests that bringing successful college students with LD/ADHD into school settings as role models for educators, students and parents is one of the most effective ways to change attitudes—and lives. In 2011, we launched the Think Different Diplomats, our speakers’ bureau of current mentors, recent graduates and executive team members who speak about their LD/ADHD success stories across the country. With over 56 local chapters in 20 states, Camp Eye to Eye (in conjunction this year with New York City’s 92nd Street Y) and social media engagement, we’re determined that, one day, all learners will be recognized and youths who learn differently will realize their potential to succeed in school and life.