“WE DO FUN ACTIVITIES AND CHECK UP ON EACH OTHER EVERY WEEK ON HOW WE GOING AT SCHOOL AND JUST SUPPORT EACH OTHER.
IT’S LIKE ANOTHER FAMILY.” – NICK, ONLINE MENTEE
Since 2013, we have had the immense privilege of supporting and empowering thousands of young people through strengths-based, Autistic-led mentoring programs. In 2017, we pioneered our Autistic-led online group mentoring program so that even more young people could benefit from the positive support and powerful mentorship model of I CAN Network.
Our online group mentoring has grown from a single pilot group in 2017 to a robust national program that has been catering to participants ages 9-20 across Australia. Our groups are open to all genders and earlier this year, we rolled out a group for Autistic teens who also identify as LGBTQIA+ and have launched interest groups for Autistic teens and young adults.
One of the most frequent requests we get from our supporters is “Please bring I CAN to our country!” We are so proud to announce that we are opening our online group mentoring program to include participants from both Australia and New Zealand, starting with our next cycle that begins the week of August 3rd.
We see this as an important first step toward making I CAN programs available to Autistic young people in other parts of the world whilst growing our network responsibly in light of the current capacity of our team.
We know from years of supporting Autistic young people that having access to Autistic mentors and peers can be critical in helping build self-esteem, a sense of belonging and a positive identity.
For our August cycle, we are offering groups at the time slots below for the specified cohorts. As our program continues to grow, we anticipate adding more time slots to better accommodate the multiple time zones across Australia and New Zealand.
Mondays: 6:50-7:50pm (AEST)/8:50-9:50pm (NZST)
Ages 9-12 (Imagination Club-Non Autism Specific) – please see additional information below
Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm (AEST)/6:30-7:30pm (NZST)
Tuesdays: 6:50-8:50 (AEST)/8:50-9:50pm (NZST)
Wednesdays: 4:30-5:30pm (AEST)/6:30-7:30pm (NZST)
Wednesdays: 6:50-7:50 (AEST)/8:50-9:50pm (NZST)
Thursdays: 4:30-5:30pm (AEST)/6:30-7:30pm (NZST)
Thursdays: 6:50-7:50pm (AEST)/8:50-9:50pm (NZST)
LQBTQIA+ (Ages 13-17)
Screens, Tunes & Characters (Interest-Based Group for Ages 13-15)
Screens, Tunes & Characters (Interest-Based Group for Ages 16-20)
Cost: $270 AUD (for 6 sessions)
TO COMPLETE AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR ANY OF THE GROUPS ABOVE, PLEASE USE THIS FORM – CLICK HERE
Please note that if participants are keen to do so, they can request to take part in one of the general groups that runs Monday – Wednesday PLUS one of the Thursday groups (LGBTQIA+ or Interest Groups). A separate Expression of Interest is required for each group.
Additionally, we have put together a detailed summary of key information on our online group mentoring program. There are complementary versions for our prospective participants who are from Australia and those who are from New Zealand.
You can access those documents directly below.
We are very excited to be bringing together Autistic young people from across Australia and New Zealand in a safe, supportive, fun and validating environment!
For any further questions, please reach out to our online team at [email protected].
We look forward to seeing you online.
I CAN Team.