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Two Mentors With Learning and Attention Issues Talk About the Power of Role Models

The Inside Track blog post by Maggie Hsu
Apr 17, 2015

Mariel Henkoff and Katie Hastings, Camp Directors of Camp Eye to Eye and National Program Coordinators for twitter chat on Understood

You may have heard about the benefits of mentoring for your child. But have you ever heard about them from a mentor?

Understood partner Eye to Eye pairs young students who have learning and attention issues with college and high school mentors. Since the mentors also have learning and attention issues, they can relate to the students.

Recently, two Eye to Eye mentors, Katie Hastings and Mariel Henkoff, guest-hosted an Understood chat to share their experiences. Katie and Mariel are National Program Coordinators for Eye to Eye. Here’s what they said about the power of role models.

Katie and Mariel felt it was important they could understand what the young students were going through. The response to Eye to Eye from our audience was enthusiastic. Some noted how helpful it can be for kids to spend time with a successful role model. Katie and Mariel also talked about Camp Eye to Eye, a summer camp for kids with learning and attention issues. They shared some of the fun and learning that happen there.

People are talking about learning and attention issues. Get in on the conversation! Join us every Wednesday at 12 pm ET by visiting and typing #LAIchat into the search bar.

For more on the mentorship opportunities Eye to Eye offers, make sure to check out the transcript of the full #LAIchat.

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