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Student Links (Community Living Ontario)

Dana LaBrash
Coordinator, Student Links- Ottawa Region
Student Links (Community Living Ontario)
Disadvantaged; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Youth (19-24 years)

Student Links is a mentoring program for students who have an intellectual disability to explore ideas for their future after high school. Student Links matches students to mentors who share a common passion or interest.

Some of the mentors that have been matched with students in the past have been experts in botany, broadcasting, comics, film, geography, bikes, music production, aviation, fashion design, fitness and many more.

Students between the ages of 14 to 21 can learn more about their area of interest or be introduced to members of their community who have similar interests.

Student Links Coordinators introduce students to a member of their community who shares similar interests.

Omar's story:

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have a passion for Home Improvement, DIY projects, landscaping or gardening? Are you working in this field or do you pursue it as a hobby? Looking for a creative individual- you could be a painter, a hobbyist, a "maker" or someone who dabbles in many creative areas. If you are willing to impart your experience and knowledge and enjoy working with youth, this is the initiative for you! Looking to connect a prospective mentor with a youth who has an interest in hands-on projects(particularly simple wood projects, but open to other ideas) to build on knowledge/skills and to possibly learn more about roles in this field.

Student Links is an initiative that offers High School students who have an intellectual disability an opportunity to expand on current interests and hobbies, while discovering new possibilities for life after High School.

Your Role as a Mentor:
- Presenting information about your field of expertise
- Introducing a student to your hobby or industry
- Providing an opportunity for hands-on experience

This is an opportunity for you to help a student by sharing something you're passionate about.

Time commitments are flexible.
Location: Ottawa Region (Open to Mentors from other regions since this opportunity is virtual)
Deadline: Jan 31, 2021