iRISE2 - Mentoring Program

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Mentoring Program for youth with autism

What is iRISE2

The iRISE2 Mentoring Program serves youth with autism and related disabilities. The goal of the program is to help these youth reach their full potential for personal development and independence, while enriching their social-cognitive capacity through interest-based mentoring. Protégés are matched with a trained mentor that will help them address the challenging issues related to building positive, social relationships with family and peers. Matches are encouraged to explore the functional applications of their protégé’s special interest and the possible career opportunities that can contribute and lead to a life of high self-esteem and independence. Matches are free to explore the community and its beaches, parks, museums, libraries, cultural festivals and any other activities throughout Palm Beach County that complement the interest of their protégé.

Mentor Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age
  • Applicants must successfully complete all steps of volunteer background screening
  • Willing to make a 1-year commitment of 4-6 hours per month with your protégé
  • Willing to meet and plan activities with their protégé in the community

Protégé Must:

  • Be between the ages of 11 - 22 years of age
  • Reside in Palm Beach County
  • Express interest in developing and maintaining mentoring relationship
  • Be able to maintain personal safety and meet developmentally appropriate expectations
  • Communicate and reciprocate meaningful conversation and socially engage with his/her mentor
  • Express interest in exploring job options, vocational training or higher education degree

How Can a Mentor Benefit?

  • Develop a concrete understanding of working with youth with autism
  • Develop critical relationship skills
  • Experience mentoring individuals with autism
  • Continuous support provided by FAU CARD Mentoring and Clinical Staff

Apply To Be A Mentor


iRise2 Mentoring Program for youth with autism

For more information contact:

Darius Murray
Clinical Support Associate for Mentoring
(561) 213-6936
dmurra23@fau.edu