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. We work with Eye to Eye chapters around the country to pair college students with #LD #ADHD with middle school students! #ldchat — Eye to Eye (@E2ENational) March 4, 2015 We travel to all of the @E2ENational chapters to train the college mentors and meet with our partners at colleges and middle schools #ldchat — Eye to Eye (@E2ENational) March 4, 2015 A2 @bgilormini, we agree! For young students, dream seem far away until someone else shows them they can be done @JillSKeith #ldchat — Eye to Eye (@E2ENational) March 4, 2015 A2 Having a mentor who understands what it feels like to have an #LD or #ADHD makes their guidance more meaningful #ldchat — Eye to Eye (@E2ENational) March 4, 2015 A2 @kerriYWG we focus more on the shared experiences of different thinkers #cognitivediversity #ldchat — Eye to Eye (@E2ENational) March 4, 2015 A2 Sometimes though it’s not even the #mentoring aspect of it. Just having a fun time with someone who is similar to you. #ldchat — Aaron Bailey (@ABtalks1) March 4, 2015 A2: Many of our AT staff have a disability & this helps them relate to Ss when showing them tech solutions. They “know”. #LDchat — Bridget Gilormini (@bgilormini) March 4, 2015 fun and learning that happen there. A5 #CampEyetoEye helps to build the #selfesteem of the #campers so that they start school in the fall feeling #confident #ldchat — Eye to Eye (@E2ENational) March 4, 2015 #CampEyetoEye campers work with their counselors/#mentors to create all of the @E2ENational art projects! #LDchat pic.twitter.com/0rRyHYKUuN — Eye to Eye (@E2ENational) March 4, 2015 People are talking about learning and attention issues. Get in on the conversation! Join us every Wednesday at 12 pm ET by visiting http://tchat.io 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. Any opinions, views, information and other content contained in blogs on Understood.org are the sole responsibility of the writer of the blog, and do not necessarily reflect the views, values, opinions or beliefs of, and are not endorsed by, Understood.