Giving Tuesday for A Place For Us

Giving Tuesday for A Place For Us

From Anastazia Kohout

We would like to raise money to cover: -background checks for our mentors -give our mentors more intense trainings -make our monthly events fully accessible -get guest experts at our events

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I (Ana Kohout, the Executive Director) started A Place For Us with some friends that I met while interning at disability advocacy group in D.C. two years ago. We were all disabled college students from across the nation who wanted a way to stay connected and help each other fight for disabled rights in college. I had the opportunity to work on A Place For Us as a special project in undergrad and discovered that there was major need for mentorship for college students with disabilities in the United States. Growing up with doing adaptive sports I had many disabled role models who helped me get through college and I recognize that many disabled students do not have a network of disabled people going into college, thus the mentorship program was born. 

A Place For Us is a national nonprofit organization that aims to create virtual space for students with disabilities to connect, network, and empower one another through peer mentorship that spans from high school through college. Currently we have about 25 mentors across the nation, who are so excited to start mentoring the next generation of disabled college students and help them succeed in college. However, first we need to ensure that all of our mentors have background checks, feel fully confident mentoring, and all of our events are fully accessible so that they can reach and help the most amount of people in the disability community. 

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