At a celebratory art show on Friday, April 24th, eight Columbia University students and 12 middle school students came together for the last time this semester. The students are participants in Eye to Eye, a non-profit organization with the mission of building self-esteem and fostering social-emotional growth in both mentors and mentees with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other learning disabilities. For the past eight years, Columbia students have served as mentors to students from PS 76, an area middle school that doesn’t currently have an arts program. The program here at the University is sponsored by Disability Services, part of Columbia Health.
“The goal of the program is for mentors to share their experiences with the mentees of what it was like to go through school with similar difficulties,” said Adam Baumwoll, Senior Program Coordinator in Disability Services.
“Columbia and Eye to Eye have a long history together,” explained Micah Goldfus, National Program Director of Eye to Eye. “Columbia is a unique chapter for several reasons. A tremendous amount of credit has to go to the Disability Services office, which is one of the best I have ever worked with. Building a chapter is a lot easier, and the mentoring more high-impact, when Disability Services has already done such an amazing job in supporting its LD/ADHD students.”
Colleen Lewis, Director of Disability Services, said the program has been mutually beneficial. “Participating in Eye to Eye has been an amazing experience for both the Columbia Students and their mentees. We look forward to continuing our partnership.” As one Columbia College mentor concluded, “We all gain self-confidence working on art together. It’s really important for the PS 76 students to have role models who they can relate to.”
For more information on Eye to Eye, please visit: http://www.eyetoeyenational.org/.
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Photos: Jamie Nash
Photo: (L-R) Collen Lewis, Director, Disability Services; Micah Goldfus, National Program Director, Eye to Eye; Adam Baumwoll, Senior Program Coordinator, Disability Services