Set, Get... "Back on Track...To Success"
A Community Based Mentoring Program
on Track...To Success” mentoring program is focused on helping
teens and young adults with disabilities to successfully get a job or
go to college. We are currently inviting people 16-26 years of age,
who have a disability and are interested in getting a job or enrolling
in college/university, to be matched with a mentor.
A mentor is someone who may have had similar experiences and may assist
you in achieving your goals. The mentors will be trained to help you
by sharing, listening, providing information on local resources and
support. Also, as part of the program there will be a vocational rehabilitation
counselor and rehabilitation psychologist for any extra needed support.
Here are some points you should know about the program:
• To participate as a mentee in this program, an individual must
be between 16-26 years of age, with a disability or has experienced
an injury, and has a desire to be employed or enroll in college/university.
• Participants should be very interested in getting a job or going
• Program is free to all participants, including program related
assistance from the program Vocational Counselor and Rehabilitation
• Mentoring relationships are expected to last about one year
Interested in participating in this program? See links to the brochure
& application “participant profile form”
For further information please contact the “Back on Track...To
Success ” Community-based Mentoring Program at (408) 885-2397
or email Robert.Medel@hhs.co.santa-clara.ca.us.
Brochure (PDF format, 436K)
(Participant) Profile Form (Word format, 52K)
a Mentor and Help Others Get "Back on Track"
The “Back on Track...To Success” Community-Based
Mentoring Program is currently recruiting new mentors.
Volunteer Mentor Position Summary:
The “Back on Track...To Success” Community-Based Mentoring
Program is designed for mentors to develop a lasting relationship with
their mentee and assist their mentee in succeeding in his/her life goals
especially educational and career goals. Each mentor is matched with
a youth in their County who has an acquired disability, age 16-26, and
needs additional educational assistance and emotional support.
Most of the youth have been in inpatient rehabilitation for TBI or SCI
at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Youth are invited to participate
based on their educational and career goals, desire to have a mentor,
and qualifying disability
Meet (in person, call, or email) with mentee weekly. Maintain weekly
contact with your mentee and the Program Coordinator.
Compensation for Mentors:
$100 per month stipend to help mentor with the cost associated with
mentoring, such as phone bills, gas, etc.
2 hours a week for a minimum 12 month period
Personal Experience with SCI/TBI or other acquired disability is highly
desirable; Work experience highly desirable, Post Secondary Education
Experience highly desirable. Able to make a long term commitment; Knowledge
of the high school and college and vocational system for individuals
with disabilities including the financial aid process, SSI; Excellent
Communication Skills; Experience working with diverse communities; Ability
to be open-minded and understanding of issues relating to teens young
adults and disability communities
Essential for Mentors, including how to be a mentor, building the “helping
Vocational and Educational issues for Mentors
Mentor profile form (Application), Interview, Orientation, Criminal
Background Check, and three references
Locations: Santa Clara County, Alameda, Alameda, Contra Costa,
Fresno, Merced, Monterey, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa
Cruz, Sonoma, Stanislaus
Thank you for considering becoming a mentor!
If you are interested in becoming a mentor please fill out our online
Mentor Profile Form at and either mail or e-mail it to us with your
current resume. For further information please contact the “Back
on Track” Community-based Mentoring Program at (408) 885-2397
or email Robert.Medel@hhs.co.santa-clara.ca.us.
(PDF format, 444K)
Profile Form (Word format, 40K)
The ROBOT (Resource Options for Back on Track) is the
new creation at the Rehab Research Center. This educational, vocational,
recreational, and transportation resource guide was created for individuals
with disabilities. It was designed specifically to aid mentors and mentees
in the Back on Track... To Success community mentoring program, but
guess what? It works for everyone else, too. It lists hundreds of resources
in its 11 chapters and over 240 pages. The ROBOT is most useful for
individuals living within the following California counties: Santa Clara,
Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Merced, Monterey, Sacramento, San Francisco,
San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, or Stanislaus. Find out
more about the ROBOT by downloading it here: ROBOT.pdf