What is Peer-to-Peer Mentorship

The Arc Minnesota’s Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program aims to help people with disabilities and their support networks as they explore job options. Through supported exploration, people with disabilities can make informed and self-directed decisions about their future.

As Minnesota and employers move away from subminimum wage and into a competitive integrated employment (CIE) model, we can create a Minnesota that honors everyone by advancing the leadership of people with disabilities around employment.

CIE is any job where people with disabilities earn the same pay and opportunities as those without disabilities.

Led by The Arc Minnesota, the Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program is a multiagency effort to further the Minnesota Transformation Initiative Technical Assistance Center (MTI) contract with the Department of Human Services.

Become a Mentor

We’re actively searching for both individual and family mentors!

Mentors will be trained for their role as a mentor and will receive a stipend for their time. Mentorship is flexible based on your needs and schedule.

If you want to become a mentor or learn more about the program, please contact Olivia Lape at olivialape@arcminnesota.org

Peer Mentors

The Arc Minnesota is looking for people with jobs that pay at least minimum wage to become peer mentors.

Peer mentors will help other people with disabilities on their job journeys. A peer mentor will give support to people who are exploring their job options.

Mentors will offer support by sharing their own job success stories. They will also listen to people’s stories and answer their questions about employment.

Family Mentors

Family members of people who are competitively employed are also part of the Peer-To-Peer Mentor Program.

Family members will share their journeys. They will also share job resources, information, and success stories.

Sharing stories and information will encourage and support other families navigating employment options.