Eye-to-Eye is the only national mentoring movement that pairs kids with learning disabilities and ADHD with high school and college students who have been similarly labeled. Using an arts-based curricullum, our mentors help their mentees to value their own unique minds by building their self-esteem and giving them the skills to become self-advocates. Wyoming is the first state to begin an Eye-to-Eye Chapter at a community college.
The mission of Eye-to-Eye is to develop a coalition of mentoring programs for students with learning disabilities and to empower these individuals to celebrate their differences. To achieve this mission, Eye-to-Eye will partner with local communities, public, and private schools, universities, and local businesses to bring adults with learning disabilities into the lives of students with learning disabilities.
The first Eye-to-Eye Chapter was initiated at Casper College and Natrona County School District #1 during the 2008-2009 school year. During that first year, the Casper College coordinators and mentors worked with students from Natrona County High School. The successful relationship-building grew during the 2009-2010 school year as the Casper College team mentored students from Manor Heights Elementary School. Manor Heights continues to be the host school building, however, middle school students who graduated from Manor Heights and would like to continue the program are transported to Manor Heights after school to attend Eye to Eye.
Western Wyoming Community College
Western Wyoming Community College and Sweetwater School District #1 began implementing their first Eye-to-Eye Chapter during the 2010-2011 school year. Students from White Mountain and Pilot Butte elementary schools have participated.
University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming and Albany County School District #1 are the newest Wyoming Chapter. They began their program during the 2011-2012 school year. Indian Paintbursh Elementary is where the art rooms are held. Students from Beitel Elementary, UW Laboratory School, Slade Elementary, Spring Creek Elementary, and Linford Elementary are transported to Indian Paintbrush for the Eye to Eye art rooms.