Mentoring opportunities offer valuable experiences that contribute to personal, academic, and career development for deaf youth. Yet, the number of opportunities or experiences for mentoring are limited. In many ways, deaf youth experience isolation and have limited opportunities to interact with peers or deaf role models.
To help expand opportunities for deaf mentoring, the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) is hosting Mentoring Deaf Youth Leads to #DeafSucess on September 21st at 2 p.m. CT. The event will feature a live online discussion featuring a diverse deaf panelists mentoring deaf youths in a variety of types in mentorships; life coach, job coach, self- advocacy, leadership, and more!
Why Mentoring Matters
Research suggests the significant positive benefits of having a mentor, particularly when the mentor has aspects in common with the mentee and cultivates that connection. Positive mentoring experiences are mutually beneficial and have lasting influence on both the mentee, mentor, and even the mentee’s family members.
Unfortunately, there is a lack of programs, people, and opportunity for deaf youth to gain mentoring experiences.This panel is an opportunity to explore the benefits of mentoring, to identify key considerations when coordinating mentoring experiences, and share strategies of effective mentoring practices..
Learn How to Be a Better Resource
Get first-hand accounts about how your work affects the deaf youth you serve and how you can be a better ally and resource for deaf youth.
During the event, you’ll learn about:
- Identifying the benefits of mentoring for deaf youth
- Implementing components for effective mentoring experiences and approaches
- Identifying existing or potential barriers that may prevent mentoring opportunities for deaf youth and strategies to mitigate them
Mark Rameiz employed as a school social worker in Santa Fe, NM. He enjoys fitness, health, and being outside. Mark began engaging in critical social justice dialogues after experiencing his first workshop as a participant in 2012. Since then, he has facilitated dialogues with non-profits, schools, universities, agencies, and other community networks. He appreciates opportunities to share what he has learned over the years while continuing to learn from others as well.
Domonic Gordine was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the City of Brotherly Love. Now, as an advocate for the Deaf, Domonic has valued all his conversations with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people from schools, organizations, and public outings on current issues. that many of us have the same goal, which is to shape the future of our deaf youth leaders across the country.
Margretlynn “Maggie” Hola Pualani Mackey employed as a Deaf coach/ Deaf Mentors at NORCAL Center in California. She previously worked as a Signing Aide/ Deaf interpreter in K-12 with Access Language.
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