What is a Peer Mentor?
A Peer Mentor is a person with a developmental disability who has learned problem solving strategies, how to be a self-advocate, how to live a self-determined life, and knows how to access services and resources in the community. Peer Mentors offer the benefit of their experiences, passing along encouragement and support to help others construct their own advocacy to bring about the changes they want for their lives.
Peer Mentor 101 Training
The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) provides an annual Peer Mentor 101 workshop for the purpose of training people with developmental disabilities to become effective peer mentors to others with developmental disabilities so that they may lead self-directed and more autonomous, satisfying lives. The training provides Peer Mentors with tools to guide peers to become better self-advocates, make their own choices, and develop leadership skills.
For information regarding Peer Mentoring, please contact Tracy Vincent at Vincentt1@michigan.gov or 517-284-7296.
Registrastion for the 2019 Michigan Annual Peer Conference People, Purpose and Passion is now open. The conference will be held May 29 - 31, 2019 at the Lansing Center located in Lansing, Michigan. The last day to register and reserve your spot is Friday, May 17, 2019. However, we will be accepting walk-in registrations starting Wednesday, May 29. There will be an additional $10 fee for anyone that does an on-site registration. This conference is inclusive to anyone interested in attending. More information is available in the Michigan Peer Conference Brochure.