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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Autism Mentoring Program

The Autism Mentoring Program was created by Alexander Murphy-Naknikian in 2003, and has expanded much since then. Indiana University students mentor students who have been diagnosed with autism and who range in age from 6-15. The mentors go into the community to enhance the social and academic skills of students with autism.

You do not need experience to participate in AMP, you will receive training, and we will make sure you are matched up with a program that fits your interests and schedule. AMP has grown its partnerships between the Hutton Honors College, the Bloomington Chapter of the Autism Society, the Monroe County Community School Corporation, and the families of the young participants.

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Program Description

One of the missions of the Autism Mentoring Program is to provide buddies for children on the autism spectrum in elementary schools. You do not have to be in the Hutton Honors College to volunteer, it is open to all Indiana University students who would like to get involved with the Bloomington community. The volunteers attend a local elementary school weekly to meet in a special needs classroom, or individually with a special needs child, to help them develop social and academic skills.

The primary goal of the program is to help children with autism develop friendships and practice social skills through communication with a caring and dedicated mentor. Another goal of the Autism Mentoring Program is to spread awareness of autism and foster education through other community activities and involvement.

We also partner with the College Internship Program (CIP), a residence facility for autistic students who attend Indiana University, building mentoring relationships with the residents. It is an amazing experience to create friendships with students your own age through CIP. If you have an interest in volunteering with CIP, in addition to or instead of volunteering at one of the elementary schools, we can match you with either or both programs.


We are looking for motivated students who have a sincere interest in serving their community and who enjoy working with special needs students. Mentors will commit to weekly visits to a school, or to CIP, for the entire school year, and this consistency is extremely important. You do not need to be in the Hutton Honors College to be a mentor, however, you need to complete a background check through the Monroe County Community School program. The background check is of no cost to you and does not take long.


Please email if you have any further questions.

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