Mentoring helps young people develop and succeed by connecting them with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement. Youth who participate in mentoring relationships are shown to have improved self-esteem, independence, academic performance and social skills, and reduced negative behaviors. Northeast Arc’s mentoring program offers either one-to-one or group mentoring. A mentor is matched with the individual through an interview with the parents and youth. When a good match is found, a contract is developed with written goals and scheduled meeting times. The mentor keeps weekly notes and communicates regularly with the parents and provides a written report with feedback at the end of each contract.
For general Transition Services inquiries, contact Judy Bouffard at 978-624-2321. For inquiries about Adult Autism Services (including “Autism-only Eligibility”), contact Phyllis Kizner at 978-624-3747.