January 11, 2020

Scolios-us Mentor Program

Scolios-us Mentor Program

Mentor Program for Bracers & Surgery Warriors

For Bracers: The Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program offers new bracers the opportunity to connect with seasoned bracers on an individual basis. Especially when you start bracing, connecting with a fellow bracer can be incredibly powerful and helpful as you adjust to a new normal.

For Surgery Warriors: The Scolios-us Surgery Mentor Program offers scoli kids and teens who are heading into surgery the opportunity to connect with a scoli warrior has already had surgery. Connecting with a fellow surgery scoli warrior can help to ease your nerves and prepare you for surgery.

Meet Our 2021 Team Leaders

Lydia A.

My name is Lydia, and I am 28-years-old. I wore a scoliosis brace from 6th grade to Sophomore of College and then I (finally) graduated out of my brace! As I wore my brace, I gained more confidence and eventually it just became a normal part of life.  I know I’m stronger now because of my scoliosis experience!

Emily K.

My name is Emily, and I am 16 years old. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 8 and did Schroth for 3 years before getting a brace. I wore my brace until I was 13 and had spinal fusion surgery in 2018. Although it was very hard to go through, it made me a stronger and more resilient person.

Shirley J.

My name is Shirley, and I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 7th grade and wore a brace throughout my middle school years. It was definitely a struggle, but I eventually came to accept it as part of me. I wouldn't trade my experience for anything else and hope to help others going through similar experiences!

Madison M.

My name is Madison! I’m 17, I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 8. I wore two braces and ended up having surgery in 2019. Now, I'm fused T6-T12! I wanted to be a team leader because I remember being an afraid little 9 year old with my scoliosis brace. Now I want to encourage girls to be proud of who they are and see that it isn’t anything to be afraid of!

Juliette S.

My name is Juliette, and I am 17-years-old. I  was diagnosed with scoliosis in second grade, and I began my back brace journey in 5th grade. I wore a scoliosis brace from 5th grade to 10th grade and then I graduated out of my brace!  I  want to help other people along their brace journey, who might not know anyone else wearing a brace at their school or in their community!

Olivia S.

My name is Olivia, and I am 15 years old. I was diagnosed with Scoliosis in 2017 when I was in 6th grade. I was braced with a WCR brace for 3 years, but I no longer have to wear one! I know how awful adjusting to scoliosis can be, so I want to do everything I can to help as many people as possible who are going through similar experiences!

How does the Scolios-us Mentor Program work?

Whether you want to get matched with a mentor or become a mentor yourself, the first step is completing the 3-step sign-up process. Once the sign-up process is complete, new "mentees," or scoli warrior who want to get matched with a mentor, will be contacted by their specific mentor via phone, text, or video chat. All Scolios-us Mentor Program members are encouraged to participate in the group discussion boards and photo albums.

Sign-Up Process

All Scolios-us Mentor Program participants must complete all three steps in the sign-up process before being accepted into the MemberPlanet Group:

1. Request to join MemberPlanet group and fill out information - note: in the "Family Information" section, please put your parent's email if you are under 18 or your own email if you are over 18

2. Receive parental consent from one of your parents or legal guardians if you are under 18

3. Complete video call with program coordinator

The three-step process ensures that all participants are joining the Scolios-us Mentor Program for the right reasons. It also helps the program coordinator best match mentors and mentees, while giving mentors and mentees time to ask any questions they may have.

IMPORTANT: If you or your parents do not receive an email within one week of signing up, be sure to check your spam folders. If the email is not there, please email us at [email protected] so we can get you set up asap.  

Our Platform: MemberPlanet

We recently transitioned to a new platform called MemberPlanet! The most important part of the Bracing Mentor Program has always been and will continue to be connecting mentees to mentors on an individual basis. Moving to MemberPlanet helps the program coordinator better match individuals by organizing everyone in one spot, while also allowing all members to interact with each other. All Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program participants have the opportunity to participate in group discussions, share photos, and message one another.

We highly recommend watching the below video to become familiar with the important parts of MemberPlanet. Once you are accepted into the Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program group, visit the "Privacy Settings" section to make sure you choose the settings you are most comfortable with.

Give Us Feedback

The purpose of this questionnaire is to get your feedback about your experience with the Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program. All answers remain confidential, meaning that they will not be shown to anyone. Your answers will be used to help make the program better in the future!

Flyers for Clinics

Download and print the flyers below for your scoli patients! From our experience, the best time for new bracers to get paired with mentors is actually before they receive their brace. We recommend handing out flyers during your evaluation appointments, so your patients are already matched and ready to go by the time they are fit with their brace.

Terms of Use Overview

Any information shared between individuals through the Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment because of something you were told by a mentor/mentee.

When communicating with other participants, you agree to be respectful and kind. You agree to use caution in all interactions with other participants, particularly if you decide to meet in person. If your behavior towards another participant is any time threatening or offensive, we reserve the right to immediately remove you from the Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program. If you do not abide by our Code of Conduct, you have breached our terms of use agreement and are liable for your actions.  Scolios-us should be notified immediately of negative or hateful behaviors in order to maintain the integrity and safety of the program.

Please visit our Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program: Terms of Use page for additional information.

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Scolios-us Mentor Program

Mentor Program for Bracers & Surgery Warriors

For Bracers: The Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program offers new bracers the opportunity to connect with seasoned bracers on an individual basis. Especially when you start bracing, connecting with a fellow bracer can be incredibly powerful and helpful as you adjust to a new normal.

For Surgery Warriors: The Scolios-us Surgery Mentor Program offers scoli kids and teens who are heading into surgery the opportunity to connect with a scoli warrior has already had surgery. Connecting with a fellow surgery scoli warrior can help to ease your nerves and prepare you for surgery.

Meet Our 2021 Team Leaders

Lydia A.

My name is Lydia, and I am 28-years-old. I wore a scoliosis brace from 6th grade to Sophomore of College and then I (finally) graduated out of my brace! As I wore my brace, I gained more confidence and eventually it just became a normal part of life.  I know I’m stronger now because of my scoliosis experience!

Emily K.

My name is Emily, and I am 16 years old. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 8 and did Schroth for 3 years before getting a brace. I wore my brace until I was 13 and had spinal fusion surgery in 2018. Although it was very hard to go through, it made me a stronger and more resilient person.

Shirley J.

My name is Shirley, and I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 7th grade and wore a brace throughout my middle school years. It was definitely a struggle, but I eventually came to accept it as part of me. I wouldn't trade my experience for anything else and hope to help others going through similar experiences!

Madison M.

My name is Madison! I’m 17, I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 8. I wore two braces and ended up having surgery in 2019. Now, I'm fused T6-T12! I wanted to be a team leader because I remember being an afraid little 9 year old with my scoliosis brace. Now I want to encourage girls to be proud of who they are and see that it isn’t anything to be afraid of!

Juliette S.

My name is Juliette, and I am 17-years-old. I  was diagnosed with scoliosis in second grade, and I began my back brace journey in 5th grade. I wore a scoliosis brace from 5th grade to 10th grade and then I graduated out of my brace!  I  want to help other people along their brace journey, who might not know anyone else wearing a brace at their school or in their community!

Olivia S.

My name is Olivia, and I am 15 years old. I was diagnosed with Scoliosis in 2017 when I was in 6th grade. I was braced with a WCR brace for 3 years, but I no longer have to wear one! I know how awful adjusting to scoliosis can be, so I want to do everything I can to help as many people as possible who are going through similar experiences!

How does the Scolios-us Mentor Program work?

Whether you want to get matched with a mentor or become a mentor yourself, the first step is completing the 3-step sign-up process. Once the sign-up process is complete, new "mentees," or scoli warrior who want to get matched with a mentor, will be contacted by their specific mentor via phone, text, or video chat. All Scolios-us Mentor Program members are encouraged to participate in the group discussion boards and photo albums.

Sign-Up Process

All Scolios-us Mentor Program participants must complete all three steps in the sign-up process before being accepted into the MemberPlanet Group:

1. Request to join MemberPlanet group and fill out information - note: in the "Family Information" section, please put your parent's email if you are under 18 or your own email if you are over 18

2. Receive parental consent from one of your parents or legal guardians if you are under 18

3. Complete video call with program coordinator

The three-step process ensures that all participants are joining the Scolios-us Mentor Program for the right reasons. It also helps the program coordinator best match mentors and mentees, while giving mentors and mentees time to ask any questions they may have.

IMPORTANT: If you or your parents do not receive an email within one week of signing up, be sure to check your spam folders. If the email is not there, please email us at [email protected] so we can get you set up asap.  

Our Platform: MemberPlanet

We recently transitioned to a new platform called MemberPlanet! The most important part of the Bracing Mentor Program has always been and will continue to be connecting mentees to mentors on an individual basis. Moving to MemberPlanet helps the program coordinator better match individuals by organizing everyone in one spot, while also allowing all members to interact with each other. All Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program participants have the opportunity to participate in group discussions, share photos, and message one another.

We highly recommend watching the below video to become familiar with the important parts of MemberPlanet. Once you are accepted into the Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program group, visit the "Privacy Settings" section to make sure you choose the settings you are most comfortable with.

Give Us Feedback

The purpose of this questionnaire is to get your feedback about your experience with the Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program. All answers remain confidential, meaning that they will not be shown to anyone. Your answers will be used to help make the program better in the future!

Flyers for Clinics

Download and print the flyers below for your scoli patients! From our experience, the best time for new bracers to get paired with mentors is actually before they receive their brace. We recommend handing out flyers during your evaluation appointments, so your patients are already matched and ready to go by the time they are fit with their brace.

Terms of Use Overview

Any information shared between individuals through the Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment because of something you were told by a mentor/mentee.

When communicating with other participants, you agree to be respectful and kind. You agree to use caution in all interactions with other participants, particularly if you decide to meet in person. If your behavior towards another participant is any time threatening or offensive, we reserve the right to immediately remove you from the Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program. If you do not abide by our Code of Conduct, you have breached our terms of use agreement and are liable for your actions.  Scolios-us should be notified immediately of negative or hateful behaviors in order to maintain the integrity and safety of the program.

Please visit our Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program: Terms of Use page for additional information.