The mission of the Autism Mentoring Program is to provide mentors for students on the autism spectrum who are in 3rd through 6th grade as well as college-aged students at the College Internship Program (CIP). The program brings together IU and Hutton Honors College and students from selected Monroe County Community School Corporation classrooms and other designated local community service organizations such as CIP.
There are two sides to the program: CIP and Elementary Mentoring. CIP mentors assist in CIP classrooms and as well as attend group activities that engage in students in a supportive group environment. Elementary mentors work in classrooms and during lunch/recess times to foster inclusion and student social and academic development.
Ideally, mentors commit to one calendar year to provide continuity for the young people being mentored and the integrity of the program. However, sign-ups are on a semester basis. You do not need prior experience to be an AMP mentor.
A secondary program goal is to spread awareness of autism and foster education through other community activities and involvement.