Katie Chang

I can’t even describe to you how lucky I am to have discovered this organization 7 years ago. SGT literally changed my life. It changed my perception of people with disabilities. It changed my approach to people in general. It gave me such an incredible peek into what life is like for those who don’t have everything that I have. More importantly, it gave me an opportunity to meet friends I will have for the rest of my life, special needs or not. I have pictures all over my room of past buddies and productions. SGT allowed me to understand and accept those from all walks of life. I learned the virtues of patience and understanding. And I got to wear some pretty fun costumes along the way.

Being a part of this program has been the most significant and important thing I have ever done…hands down.

Geoff and Jeremy

Being part of SGT has helped me become a better leader and a more understanding and open-minded person. I return ever year because I love to help people, I love the program, and honestly, it’s really fun! SGT has shown me how diverse our population really is. The students come from all different backgrounds, different families, and different homes. Yet it has also shown me how similar we all are. We all enjoy working together towards a common goal, we all strive for positive reinforcement, and we can all have a great time in this great program! This is my fourth year as a mentor for Special Gifts and even though I am going off to college next year, I have recruited my little brother as a mentor this year and he is already loving it!

Thank you SGT, for allowing our family to be part of this incredible organization!

Advisory Committee

1 committee, 11 students, unlimited ideas!
Our Peer Mentor Advisory Committee has taken on more than simply advising new mentors. Sarah has raised over $5000 with her fundraising efforts, Kevin is putting together a group of friends to support SGT, Katie is increasing our social media efforts – the list goes on!  All of them have learned the choreography early in the summer so that they can assist in teaching the dances to the students throughout the season.  They lead groups during training and provide assistance in the classrooms for new mentors. As if that was not enough, they each act as peer mentors to a buddy, modeling how natural friendships form and raising the bar for how our peer mentor program operates.

A big thank you to all our committee members for your efforts, devotion and example!