Aggies Elevated welcomes new mentor!

By Lindsey Lombard

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Lindsey Lombard

In the fall of 2014, I started my senior capstone project. I needed to pick an organization that was important to me and volunteer. I knew immediately that I wanted to work with the CPD. It was there that I heard about the Aggies Elevated program. I began holding study groups and planning social activities. As I planned activities, I thought a lot about my college experience and wanted all the students to have the same great memories that I did. We did bonfires up the canyon, participated in the Homecoming activities, and cheered on the Aggies in the Spectrum.

This semester I have the opportunity to be a mentor for two Aggies Elevated students. I feel very passionate about the Aggies Elevated program. In 2012, my younger brother was involved in an accident where he received a Traumatic Brain Injury. As he began going back to school and learning the skills he needed to be independent, I realized how much of a need there is for programs like Aggies Elevated. I always wished that there was someone other than our family who wanted to help him achieve his goals. As soon as I heard about Aggies Elevated, I knew wanted to be a part of it. I love setting goals with the students and watching them achieve each one. Sometimes the students don’t even realize the things that they are accomplishing all on their own. I know that this program is set up to help students who have a disability reach their full potential. I am so eager to see what the future holds the Aggies Elevated students.

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Aggies Elevated at Utah State University believes that all individuals, regardless of ability, have the right to meaningful employment, lifelong learning, self-determination and full community inclusion. Utilizing the MyCLIMB (My Career Ladder to Independence, Maturity & Balance) person-centered planning model, Aggies Elevated students, along with invited family members and/or other stakeholders, will chart their own paths toward independence within an individualized framework of supports that identifies challenges, builds on individual strengths and encourages personal responsibility.

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