U of A Students Needed as Mentors for EMPOWER Program

A peer mentor talks with EMPOWER students at lunch in the Arkansas Union
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A peer mentor talks with EMPOWER students at lunch in the Arkansas Union

The University of Arkansas EMPOWER program is seeking students to serve as peer mentors.

EMPOWER is a post-secondary, non-degree program for individuals with mild intellectual disabilities. The goal of peer mentorship is to create an inclusive learning and socialization environment for all students.

"It's a great opportunity to be a mentor to the students and be there for them as they navigate college," said EMPOWER mentor Kendra Woods-Garmon.

Peer mentors work with EMPOWER students both in class to assist as necessary with note-taking and outside of class with navigating campus life. Mentors and mentees work on social skills, daily living skills such as setting an alarm and checking email and Blackboard, and academic tasks including tutoring.

"Being a residential mentor helps our students with personal growth through independent living and to further enhance the diversity and inclusion on campus," said Director Ashley Bradley.

See a Short Takes video about EMPOWER here.

For more information on becoming an EMPOWER peer mentor, contact Ashley Bradley, director of EMPOWER, at 479-575-5214 or arbradle@uark.edu or Amanda Wallace, volunteer services coordinator, at 479-575-5497 or aw008@uark.edu.

Contacts

Shannon G. Magsam, director of communications
College of Education and Health Professions
479-575-3138, magsam@uark.edu

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