Peer Mentor Evolution

From Participant to Peer Mentor

Peer mentorship was recognized as an important element in the original design of the Worktopia programs. The concept of using peer mentors who do not have autism to provide support to participants who do, has evolved to include program graduates who have autism.

Some meaningful benefits expressed by the participants with autism turned peers include continual growth and learning related to their job skills and interests, ongoing development of social skills and relationships, and increased confidence. They are also able to offer motivational supports and authentic connections to new participants enrolled in the programs.

To read more about the benefits and experience of program graduates becoming peer mentors, and the impact on program participants and staff, click on the TIDBIT link below.

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Peer Mentor Evolution

Peer mentorship was recognized as an important element in the original design of the Worktopia programs. The concept of using peer mentors who do not have autism to provide support to participants who do, has evolved to include program graduates who have autism.

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