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DJMC - A New Enrichment Group for Students with Disabilities


Bring the Disability Justice Youth Mentoring Collective (DJMC) Enrichment Group to Your School!

Mary Lee Ahern

DJMC & YIELD Coordinator


(312) 640-2119

This brand-new enrichment group for youth with disabilities is an opportunity for students to gather and learn about a wide-range of important skills. With the guidance of an adult mentor (CPS Approved Level 1 Volunteer), youth explore topics like effective communication, self-regulation, trauma and conflict resolution, goal setting, disability awareness, and more.

Over the course of one year, students receive 45 hours of curriculum-based enrichment programming and support. Through the use of Trauma Informed Practices and Programs for Schools (TIPPS) and the S.A.F.E. curriculum model, the activities, subject areas, and learning modalities used in DJMC Enrichment Groups support youth in developing social/emotional competencies and leadership skills.

Note: At this time we have limited availability for this program. Please contact Mary Lee Ahern, the DJMC & YIELD Coordinator, at the phone number or email address listed above.

Program Details

  • Group sessions are held on school property during the school day or after school. We work directly with schools and teachers to determine the best time and place for meetings to take place.
  • This is a year-round program. Students are expected to participate in the program for the entire year.
  • Curriculum can be tailored to specific student/school needs.
  • Workshops are limited to 5-15 youth per school.
  • This is a cost-free program. Students and schools are not expected to provide compensation or vouchers.


DJMC Enrichment Groups cover a wide-range of subjects connected to social emotional learning and skill development. We are happy to work with teachers/schools to tailor curriculum topics and timing to specific student needs. Topics include:

  • Transitions
  • Self-regulation
  • Trauma and conflict resolution
  • Finding and utilizing programs and services
  • Healthy eating
  • Goal setting
  • Disability awareness, rights, and self-advocacy

Student Eligibility

These workshops are open to students with disabilities, but their disabilities do not have to be diagnosed or on an official record. All types of disability are welcome! Examples include:

  • Students with IEPs or 504 plans
  • ODLSS learners
  • Students who self-identify as having a disability
  • Students who may not receive disability related services but might have a non-apparent disability

Get a DJMC Student Enrichment Group in Your School!