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Grades: 3 and up

Schedule: Scheduling is flexible based on student availability – to be determined following registration.

Mentor Students – Weekly, October to December. Flexible scheduling, January to March. Weekly, March to June

Mentee Students – Weekly, March to June

APSEA’s Mentors for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Jennifer Fancy and Jennie Bovard, welcome students to join them for opportunities to meet others with lived experience, amp up their confidence and skills, explore what mentorship means, and create a network of positive role models who have lived experience in navigating life as students who are blind or visually impaired in the Atlantic provinces.

Created to allow students access to mentoring from both APSEA professionals and peers, AMP will follow a framework of responsive, relevant learning, and multiage design. This program is a fantastic opportunity for younger students to connect with older peers who have lived experience, and a great way for older students to reflect on and share their knowledge, while also building confidence and leadership skills.

Registration for all grade levels will take place in the fall, after which students will be grouped as either mentor students or mentee students (as appropriate and in consultation with itinerant teachers). Mentor students will meet weekly with Jennifer and Jennie for the months of October to December, working together to identify commonalities and areas of interest, and learning valuable leadership and mentoring skills. These mentor students will have the opportunity to continue meeting with the Mentors for the months of January to March, and flexible scheduling during this time will allow accommodation for semester changes and exam schedules. In the spring, mentee students will join the weekly meetings with the Mentors and the mentor students, learning directly from peers who have identified appropriate skills to develop and information to share based on lived experience.

Under the mentor’s guidance, students in the APSEA Mentorship Program will have opportunities to:

  • Participate in group discussions and activities
  • Develop teamwork skills
  • Practice facilitating group discussions and activities
  • Practice goal setting
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Improve planning and organizational skills
  • Learn about and practice advocacy skills

We welcome students in grades 3 and up to take part in this meaningful, community-building initiative.

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