Partners for Youth with Disabilities
We are proud to induct Partners for Youth with Disabilities into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.
For nearly thirty years, Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD), has been a leader in the field of mentoring for youth with disabilities. PYD empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. They motivate youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals, and guide organizations in becoming more inclusive.
Mentor Match, PYD’s cornerstone program, was founded in 1985, at a time when mentoring was gaining mainstream attention as a way to support at-risk youth. Despite the attention given to the field, youth with disabilities were excluded from mentoring efforts. By focusing specifically on youth with disabilities, PYD became – and remains – a leader in the mentoring field both in Massachusetts and across the nation. They believe that youth with disabilities who are educated, mentored, and empowered have a profoundly positive impact on their communities and the world.
Other PYD offerings include a health and transition focused program (Making Healthy Connections), an inclusive theater program (Access to Theatre), and an inclusive job-readiness program (Young Entrepreneurs Project). All programs use one-to-one and group mentoring to provide opportunities for youth to gain control of their lives by acquiring information and skills for lifelong growth.