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Each local Eye to Eye chapter follows these core principles, which serve as the foundation of our curriculum.
Research on risk and resilience strongly suggests that the most important factors that determine life success for adults with LD / ADHD is not IQ or academic success, but self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-determination. Our fundamental mission is to give hope to younger students with LD / ADHD by introducing them to Mentors with similar labels who can demonstrate the power and importance of setting goals, securing individualized accommodations, and building self-advocacy skills. The message from our Mentors is simple: "If I can do it, you can do it."
BUILD THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR SUCCESS
Eye to Eye is not a tutoring program or an academic remediation program. Our Mentors do not teach reading or work with their Mentees to "fix" them. Instead, they share skills developed through their own experiences, showing Mentees how to take charge of their unique learning styles with techniques including:
CREATE A SAFE AND FUN COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT THROUGH ART
We use visual art as the ultimate form of self-expression and empowerment. Through work with their Mentors in an art room setting, our Mentees are able to access and cultivate their unique gifts for project-based, spatial, tactile/kinetic, and interpersonal learning. Art also helps Mentors and Mentees start the conversation about LD / ADHD, reducing the anxiety and vulnerability many Mentees feel when discussing their labels.
ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Eye to Eye Chapter Leaders attend the Young Leaders Organizing Institute (OI), our annual summer conference, where they learn about our latest organizational tools and materials. The OI prepares Chapter Leaders to return to their communities, ready to build and run their chapters effectively. Each local chapter also receives on-site Mentor training which includes community-building activities, mock art room simulations, guidance on using our art curriculum, and art room management strategies.
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