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Let's Unlock Their Greatness Together!

What happens when your student who learns differently is empowered with the skills and resources to advocate for what they need? Based on more than twenty years of success, we’ve seen the transformative effect Eye to Eye's programming has on their sense of connectedness and confidence, and on their academic and personal success.

Through Eye to Eye's Programming


of mentors feel more comfortable advocating for themselves


of mentees would recommend Eye to Eye to a friend


of students strongly agreed that being part of Eye to Eye helped them think differently about their strengths

For Your Student

Eye to Eye is specially designed for students who learn differently, including those identified with ADHD and specific learning disabilities like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, NVLD, and challenges with processing, comprehension, and executive functioning.

1 Middle School Students

Eye to Eye partners with schools to deliver our that pairs middle school students who learn differently with similarly identified, specially trained high school and college-aged mentors. The program has reached more than 10,000 students nationally. in 2019, the University of California San Francisco's BrainLENS Lab published their findings from their controlled 3-year research study on the program which demonstrated that near-peer mentoring improves social and emotional well-being and reduces depressive symptoms in students who learn differently.

Mentoring Learning Differently 101

2 High School and College Students

Our work has always been centered on the voices of youth and young adults. We believe deeply in the power, presence, and knowledge of our youth and young adults. In addition to gaining a sense of community and personal identity in our Near-Peer Mentoring program and the LD Alliance, our college students and high school students develop skills in leadership, organizing, and advocacy to promote an equitable educational system.

Mentoring The LD Alliance

Start the Conversation

If your student’s school doesn’t currently offer Eye to Eye programming, you can play a critical role in helping us start the conversation about the importance of and need for these programs for students who learn differently.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. (CASEL) More than two decades of research with an ever-growing field of empirical evidence demonstrates that education promoting SEL leads to better academic and life outcomes for students with learning differences, such as dyslexia and ADHD.

Students participating in SEL programs show:
• improved classroom behavior
• an increased ability to manage stress and depression
• and better attitudes about themselves, others, and school.

Guiding students through SEL skills helps them to understand and embrace their unique way of learning, gain confidence and advocate for what they need to be successful.

Eye to Eye is free for students! Many supporters of Eye to Eye have come together to make it possible for students to participate.

Eye to Eye's programs are facilitated through our partner schools. To find out if your student's school is participating in our programs, check out our school directory. Middle school students are also invited to participate in our free online program Learning Differently 101 for Students. High School and College students are also able to start an LD Alliance club at their school.

Programs vary in their specific activities, but the essence of the approach is for students to use their creativity to express their ideas and to cultivate community. Our programs are designed to improve students' social-emotional skills like self-esteem, perseverance, and self-advocacy through hands-on learning and project-based learning. By the end of the program, students will have the skills to participate actively in creating effective Individualized Education Plans (IEP,504 Plans) - proven to be the most successful tools to assist students with learning differences.

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