Kristin Humphrey

“Activism means standing up for a value of what you believe. A little bit of being creatively disruptive, if not accepting the way things are.” 

 

Interviewee: Kristin Humphrey

Interviewer: Christina S., Grade 11

Interview Date: February 26, 2015

Interview Location: Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Boston, MA

Student Reflection:

On February 26th, my classmates and I had the opportunity to visit and interview the staff at  Partners for Youth with Disabilities. PYD is a non-profit organization that works with young disabled children, teens and young adults. It has been around for almost 30 years and opened before the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. I interviewed Kristin Humphrey who has been working at PYD for about four years. She is the Director of the Mentor Match program and does recruiting of mentors, screening, training, matching and support. The ages of the possible mentees at PYD range from 6 to 24 years old with any kind of disability. PYD offers many different programs for the disabled, but Kristin specifically works with the Mentor Match program. In this program, adults can signup to be a mentor match for someone with a disability. The mentors are there to talk to them, give advice and help them through life.

 

“I found PYD and was immediately drawn.”

“I love the community work.”

“It’s refreshing having people come in that want to have that connection and want to do good and empower someone else’s life.”

“There’s such a high demand for this type of program.”

“Being one of the first, if not the first organization, for mentoring youth with disabilities…PYD started even before the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

“Community activism is the heart of who we are.”

“Activism means standing up for a value of what you believe. A little bit of being creatively disruptive, if not accepting the way things are.”

“Plunging through the way you believe things should be.”