Horizons is a 7-week college preparation mentoring program for neurodiverse (e.g. autism, ADHD, learning disabilities) high school students (or recent high school graduates) who plan to go to college/university. Students meet once a week for an hour for 7-weeks with a trained UMass Lowell upperclassman and follow a curriculum designed to help them have a better idea of what college will be like, to build confidence about attending college in the future, and to be more successful when they transition to college. Meetings can be in-person (at UMass Lowell) or online. Students do not need to be planning to come to UMass Lowell. Horizons runs each Spring and will next be offered in February 2022.
Our curriculum covers a range of topics based on the interests and needs of the student. Examples of topics include:
You will be matched with a trained UMass Lowell student who will be your mentor. You will meet once a week for an hour for 7-weeks at a time that works for you and your mentor. You can meet in-person at UMass Lowell (whether or not you are planning to attend UMass Lowell), you can meet online through Zoom, or a combination of both. Mentees and mentors are matched as best as possible on interests and hobbies.
The program runs each Spring and starts in February.
There is a $75 fee to be in the Horizons program (scholarships are available). This fee covers all seven weekly meetings, an Orientation session, weekly communication with parents/caregivers, and a feedback summary at the end of the program. Ashleigh Hillier, Ph.D. (Program Director) and the mentor are also available throughout the program to answer any questions about the transition to college you may have.
Please email the Program Director, Ashleigh Hillier, Ph.D.: firstname.lastname@example.org for an enrollment form or with any questions.