Welcome to the Official Website of the STRIDE Hawai'i Mentoring Project. The STRIDE research project is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration (Grant Number H235S040121).
WE NEED MENTORS!
STRIDE Hawai‘i is actively recruiting mentors. If you want to make a difference in the life of a youth with a disability then please volunteer. We are seeking people with and without disabilities to become mentors. So, if you want to volunteer please drop us a line! We need YOU! You can contact us at: STRIDE Contact Information. If you want to apply to become a mentor you can print out and fill the Mentor Application Forms and bring them to a mentor orientation. You can also download the STRIDE Hawai‘i Brochure.
WHAT'S NEW WITH STRIDE?
We added a new section to the STRIDE website called What's New with STRIDE? If you want to keep informed of the new developments in the program, this section is for you. In it we will post our bi-monthly newsletter and pictures of recent events. Check it out at What's New with STRIDE?
WHY IS MENTORING YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES IMPORTANT?
Participation Gaps for Youth with Disabilities:
• 35% are
completely uninvolved in their communities, compared to 21% without disabilities
• 22% fail to complete high school, compared to 9% without disabilities
• 32% aged 18-64 are working, compared to 81% without disabilities
• 28% postpone health care because they can't afford it, compared to 12% without disabilities
• 41% voted in the 2000 presidential election, compared to 51% of those without disabilities
• 28.4% have access to the Internet at home, compared to 56.7% without disabilities
• 30% have a problem with inadequate transportation, compared to 10% of those without disabilities
Mentoring programs for youth with disabilities have documented the following outcomes:
independent living skills
• Improved motivation and self-esteem
• Healthier relationships with family, friends, teachers, etc.
• Increased involvement in community and extracurricular activities
• Increased interest in continuing education and the knowledge of how to do so
• Increased interest in having a job/career and the knowledge of how to do so
• Increased disability pride
• Increased knowledge of disability rights
• Improved self-advocacy skills