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EYE TO EYE STUDENT MENTORS RETURN TO THE WHITE HOUSE IN FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA'S THIRD BEATING THE ODDS SUMMIT

New York, NY (July 15, 2016) – At the third annual Beating the Odds Summit, part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative, Eye to Eye will be represented for a second year by Liam Haller of Scarsdale High School, New York, and Olivia Henkoff, also of Scarsdale High School. Liam and Olivia will join more than 130 students from communities across the country, including foster youth, homeless youth, and youth with special needs who are beating the odds.

Eye to Eye, the only national mentoring organization founded and run by and for people with learning differences, seeks to unlock greatness in the one in five Americans who learn differently, a mission that aligns with the goals of the Reach Higher Initiative: Inspiring all students in America to take charge of their future by continuing their education after high school.

Haller and Henkoff will hear advice from the First Lady, and from White House and Department of Education representatives, staff from organizations like Google, and influencers like Tyler Oakley and Jidenna.

Eye to Eye's Chief Empowerment Officer, David Flink, founded the organization at Brown University more than 17 years ago. Since then, Eye to Eye has grown to serve in 60 chapters in 20 states, where college mentors with learning differences deliver more than 81,000 hours of volunteer service to middle school students with learning differences, including ADHD and dyslexia.

"As an Eye to Eye diplomat, I am so honored to be representing all members of the LD / ADHD community at The White House and to be meeting so many remarkable people focused on helping students advance to college and achieve great things. I've traveled across the United States on my journey and, despite other accomplishments in linguistics and sports, could not have imagined my travels would have me reach the most esteemed address in the world," said Haller (dyslexia and dysgraphia), who will be attending Northwestern University in the fall.

"In my role as chapter leader with Eye to Eye, I'm inspiring young people with learning differences. Attending this event will allow me to be inspired by powerful national and education leaders an experience I can share with my fellow students who learn differently," said Henkoff (dyslexia), who will be attending Amherst College this fall.

About Eye to Eye

As the "Official Sponsor of Different Thinkers," Eye to Eye is the only national mentoring organization run by and for people with learning differences, from powerful chapters in 20 states and passionate involvement in all 50 states. The goal is to create a world where all youth with LD / ADHD (one in five) can achieve their fullest potential.

An art-based curriculum brings together the kids labeled as "learning disabled" or LD / ADHD to build essential social-emotional skills, including self esteem and advocacy, with similarly labeled college students as mentors. Mentors gain purpose and a community that fosters their own self esteem and leadership skills.

The organization reaches new audiences with Eye to Eye Diplomats. And Eye to Eye "Alumn'Eye" receive support as they transition from college to the workplace.

Eye to Eye culture-change agents also inspire millions to share their abilities. More information is available at http://www.EyetoEyeNational.org.

Olivia HenkoffOlivia Henkoff
Liam HallerLiam Haller

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Media Inquiries: Eye to Eye: Fred Miggins Director of Marketing and Communications fmiggins@eyetoeyenational.org 212-537-4429 ext. 3