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Peer Mentor Program

What is the Peer Mentor Program?

Mentors play a special part in everyone’s lives. The Peer Mentor Program also strives to be a leader in developing a community of young disabled individuals. This network will provide peer to peer support, networking opportunities, and empowerment to inpatients and outpatients at Children’s Specialized Hospital.

Become A Peer Mentor

Who can be a Peer Mentor:

Individuals between the ages of 16-30 years, who have congenital or physical/medical disabilities similar to the patient population served at Children's Specialized Hospital. Mentors must be functioning age appropriately in terms of education, self care, social, and employment (where applicable). Mentor candidates must provide references that can speak to their participation during their hospitalization, medical care, and/or rehabilitation.

Peer Mentor Role and Responsibilities:

Peer Mentors may participate in Children's Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick, inpatient support group and/or teen communication group, having the responsibility of both assisting staff and leading groups. Peer Mentors may also participate in monthly networking groups with inpatients, individuals from the community, and other Peer Mentors. Peer Mentors may provide supervised one-on-one mentoring.

For more information, please contact Tara Helfrich, CCLS at 732-258-7412 or email thelfrich@childrens-specialized.org

Peer Mentor Sign-up Form

Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Children's Specialized Hospital
200 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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899 Mountain Ave
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Springfield, NJ 07081
(973) 218-6394
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