Bright Steps Mentorship
Illuminating Paths, Connecting Hearts
Serving Brooklyn NY Communiy
Connecting with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be extremely challenging. Bright Steps Mentorship (BSM) is an NPREMA Program that seeks to meet the unique needs of students with autism through meaningful connections between volunteer tutors and autistic children. Focusing on evidence-based teaching strategies to help prepare preschool children for success in a traditional school setting, BSM pairs volunteers and children with ASD, volunteer training, and provides ASD resources for families.
Pairing Volunteers with Children on the Autism Spectrum
Children with ASD present unique needs in cognitive, physical and social, and emotional development. Appropriate pairing of tutors whose training meets the child’s specific needs is critical in setting the child up for success. BSM pairs volunteers with ASD children to provide quality tutoring through individualized attention and evidence-based teaching strategies, with a particular focus on cognitive, social, and emotional developmental skills that will provide children with the support and encouragement they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Volunteer Training for Tutors by Certified Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapists
Appropriate training is an important prerequisite for working with ASD children. BSM helps connect volunteers with certified therapists in applied behavioral analysis, speech, and occupational therapy by providing training sessions on evidence-based strategies and techniques for the instruction of children with ASD. Training focuses on building skills to properly instruct children with ASD in acquiring skills to meet cognitive, emotional, and social requirements in a traditional educational setting.
BSM will help guide families to specific preschool ASD resources best suited to their child’s unique needs. BSM will provide links to organizations and agencies that will determine your child’s eligibility for preschool special education services.
Sam is an alumnus of Cornell University and a dedicated researcher at Rockefeller University's Alzheimer's laboratory. With a passion for making a positive impact, Sam is on a mission to bridge gaps and foster connections. Armed with a wealth of experience tutoring children on the autism spectrum and collaborating with special education professionals, Sam brings a unique blend of medical insight and heartfelt commitment. As the driving force behind Bright Steps Mentorship, Sam envisions a future where every child with autism thrives, supported by personalized mentorship and a community that understands. Join us on this journey of compassion and empowerment led by a compassionate mind and a caring heart.
Hi! My name is Soffi Miller. This Spring I graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. in Public Health Sciences. Since graduation, I’ve been working as a dental assistant for Be Well Primary Health Care Center.
My name is Elizabeth Drobot and I'm a fourth year student at The London School of Fashion & Design - Istituto Marangoni. Painting has been a part of my life since I can remember myself.
Come and join our team
Whether you're a high school or college student, faculty member, or educator, we welcome you to join our team of volunteers at the National Pre-Medical Association.
Together, we can make a positive impact on the pre-med community and help students achieve their academic and professional goals.