VIDEO PRODUCTION: Gina Benigno
College of Education alumnus, Matt Cahill, feared he would never graduate from high school because he found it so hard to read. Now as a teacher, he is on a mission to improve the lives of children with learning disabilities.
Each week, mentors in Temple’s chapter of Eye to Eye visit Clymer and Grover Cleveland elementary schools, both part of Mastery Charter Schools, for an hour and a half to engage in art projects with mentees. Eye to Eye, a national organization that pairs high school and college students with LD or ADHD with middle school students who have similar disabilities, uses art as a vehicle for creative expression and conversations about what it means to have LD or ADHD.
Nationally, Eye to Eye has 57 chapters at high schools and colleges across 22 states and serves about 2,000 mentors, mentees and volunteers annually. In just its second year, Temple’s Eye to Eye membership has surged to 30 mentors, making it the largest chapter in the country and one of only a few high-impact chapters partnering with more than one school.
Micah Goldfus, Eye to Eye’s national program director, credits Temple’s founding student coordinators, Matt Cahill and Holly Jean Mainiero, both Class of 2015, as well as Temple Disability Resources and Services, with the passion and commitment to generate engagement and to serve as a model for other chapters.