Stepping Up is a program that allows for children who stutter to be mentored by teens who stutter. Teens have a chance to be role models and provide support for younger individuals while children benefit from older role models that have experienced growing up as a person that stutters. Teenagers and mentees converse with each other about issues surrounding their stuttering and are always encouraged to talk about other life experiences besides stuttering.
Requirements for Teen Mentors
Mentor at least one child
Provide support throughout the year
Participate for a minimum of one year
Support will be in the means of:
- weekly e-mails
- monthly emails/texts
- monthly phone calls (optional)
- monthly Google Hangouts (optional)
- send birthday wishes/card on each child’s birthday
- if attending annual convention, participate with mentoring partners.
Requirements for the Kid Mentees
kids must also participate for a minimum of one year
if attending annual convention, participate with mentoring partner