Recruiting Mentors with Disabilities

We’re Recruiting Mentors with Disabilities!

VSA Vermont, with a grant from Mobius—Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, is accepting applications for the second year of its arts-based mentoring program and is currently recruiting adults with disabilities to be mentors to youth with disabilities in the Burlington and Barre areas for the 2016-17 school year.  No arts experience is necessary—just an interest in trying new things and connecting with a young adult as they prepare to leave school.  VSA Vermont will provide training, arts materials, and instruction. The application to be an adult mentor can be found at:  http://www.vsavt.org/arts-education/high-school/  Applications are due by April 15, 2016.

As the first mentoring program in Vermont, and according to Mobius, first in the nation, matching adults with disabilities with youth with disabilities to participate in VT’s cultural life, VSA Vermont’s program meets a real need for youth receiving special education services.  “It’s so hard to imagine your future as a person with a disability if you don’t know any other adults with disabilities,” says Toby MacNutt, who designed this unique program for VSA Vermont, “and that’s what is so valuable about the relationships we’re creating.”  Adults with disabilities have an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a young person with a disability.

For more information or to express your interest in being an adult mentor, please email Toby MacNutt at toby@vsavt.org or call 802-857-5653.  Relay calls are welcome.

This program is made possible with the support of a large number of community partners, including the Vermont Arts Council, Mobius:  Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, Burlington City Arts, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Vermont Youth Orchestra, Lost Nation Theater, Aldrich Public Library, Vermont Agency on Education, Vermont Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vermont Association of Business and Rehabilitation, and multiple Vermont high schools.