Volunteer Peer Mentors assist persons with disabilities to achieve the independence they desire by sharing experiences, providing educational resources, and giving support to:

  • Assist individuals to become independent by recognizing and developing their own knowledge, skills and strengths
  • Develop and increase social contacts
  • Assist in problem solving
  • Increase knowledge and use of community resources
  • Provide support and friendship
  • Increase interpersonal skills and
  • Provide opportunities for individuals to become positive role models while encouraging self-help, self-direction, and self-determination.


  • Provide assistance to individuals seeking support:

Daily living skills


Community supports


Social Activities


  • Create positive relationships


  • Improved decision making skills
  • Self-determination
  • Empowerment
  • Consumer choice
  • Increased interpersonal skill

For more information, contact Alex at alangsjoen@smilescil.org or call 507-345-7139.