Student Links

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Student Links

Student Links is an opportunity for students who have an intellectual disability to explore ideas for their future after high school. Student Links matches students and mentors who share a common passion or interest. The goal is to enhance their capacity to make informed decisions about their future prior to leaving school. This is achieved by connecting young people with adult mentors or community connections where similar interests exist.

Some of the mentors that have been matched with students in the past have been experts in botany, broadcasting, comics, film, geography, bikes, music production, aviation, fashion design, fitness and many more.

Students between the ages of 14 to 21 can learn more about their area of interest or be introduced to members of their community who have similar interests.

Student Links Coordinators introduce students to a member of their community who shares similar interests.


A mentor is an enthusiastic member of the community who would like to be matched with a student who shares a mutual area of interest, passion or expertise. They can offer guidance, advice and opportunities for the student to learn and explore new possibilities.

Mentors and students can meet once a week, once every two weeks or once a month depending on what works best for everyone. All mentors and students are supported by a Student Links Coordinator.

Here are some of the ways in which our students are connecting with mentors within the community:

  • Show students their workplace, hobby, clubs;
  • Provide informational interviews and job shadowing experiences;
  • Engage in a project or hobby together;
  • Take a course or join an interest-based club together;
  • Attend a conference together;
  • Discuss College and Employment Opportunities;
  • Help with resumes/ job opportunities;
  • Give advice related to an area of interest;
  • Get to know the student;
  • Check-in and stay in touch with the student;
  • Practice a skill;
  • Share networks,  friends, etc.;
  • Help someone fulfil a volunteer role;
  • Help someone discover and feel welcomed in community places.
  • Do what the student and mentor love: go birdwatching, do a photoshoot, DJ an event,  make a meal together; and
  • Help someone have a presence, a role, a contribution in the community, as opposed to a presence in service settings.
“Meeting Jay was really exciting because he reminded me of myself when I was in high school. He loves technology, he’s super eager to learn and he’s willing to try new things. So when we first met, we decided it would be a good idea to learn how to create a simple website. I’d walk him through it and he could keep exploring other possibilities on his own.” -Rohit Prashad, Student Links Mentor, Software Engineering and Industrial Design


For more information about Student Links, please contact:

Joel MacIntyre
Student Links Manager
Community Living Ontario
(416) 447-4348, ext. 236

Steven Lappano
Student Links Manager
Community Living Ontario
(416) 447-4348 ext. 231