The Mentor/Mentee relationship that sits at the core of Eye to Eye is actually just one of several vital interdependent links between our Grassroots movement and the local communities we serve. Each college or high school Eye to Eye chapter provides Mentors for one specific middle or elementary school in their area where the program takes place weekly after school. These key players have significant roles in each chapter:
Chapter Leaders are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the chapter. They direct all Mentor activities including Mentor/Mentee matching, disseminating weekly project descriptions, art room supervision, and project leadership. Chapter Leaders also lead Mentor recruitment and work with their assigned National Program Coordinators each week to review upcoming projects and report on the status of the art room.
Chapter Advisors are faculty members at our Mentors' high school or college who work as liaisons between their institutions and Eye to Eye. Their role is to support the Chapter Leaders in finding students labeled with LD / ADHD to act as Mentors for the program. At college chapters, our Chapter Advisors are usually staff members in the center for students with disabilities. At our high school chapters, Chapter Advisors are usually school psychologists or special education teachers.
MENTEE SCHOOL SPONSOR
Mentee School Sponsors are faculty members and advocates at Mentee elementary or middle schools who serve as liaisons between their schools and Eye to Eye. Their role is to support the program by selecting students to be Mentees, providing the after-school space for the art room, storage of art supplies, and other supportive duties. Mentee School Sponsors are usually school psychologists, special education teachers, or principals of their schools.
NATIONAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR
National Program Coordinators (NPCs) are based in the Eye to Eye national office in New York City and are charged with managing between fifteen and twenty chapters each. NPCs are responsible for training Chapter Leaders at our annual Young Leaders Organizing Institute (OI) as well as all of our student Mentors during biannual chapter visits. NPCs also speak to all Chapter Leaders weekly to support them with recruitment, walk them through the art curriculum, ensure the art rooms are running smoothly and make sure that Eye to Eye is an empowering experience for everyone involved. Meet our National Program Coordinators.