January 11, 2020

Scolios-us Mentor Program

Scolios-us Mentor Program

Navigating scoliosis is not always easy, but it sure is easier with someone cheering you on.

What is the Mentor Program?

The Scolios-us Mentor Program offers kids and teens with scoliosis the opportunity to connect with a mentor who can help cheer them on as they navigate scoliosis. Although scoliosis impacts 2-3% of adolescents, a much smaller portion of individuals need treatment, such as bracing or surgery. Sometimes, it can feel like you're the only one in the world going through this. But don't worry, that's why we started our Scolios-us Mentor Program - to make this big world feel just a little bit smaller.

You can join the group as a mentor, mentee, or group member. As a mentor, you will be a role model for your mentees and support them along their journey. As a mentee, you are connected with one mentor who will help you through your good and bad days. As a group member, you'll join our group chat and connect with all of our Mentor Program participants.

Another huge benefit of the program is connecting with fellow Mentor Program participants through group chats and video calls. You are not going through this alone - you are part of a whole community that is rooting for you!

Whether you are beginning Schroth therapy or bracing or heading into surgery, you can connect with a mentor who knows exactly what you're going through. Especially when you first find out about your scoliosis, talking with a fellow member of the scoli squad can be incredibly powerful and helpful as you adjust to a new normal.

Check Out The Empower Hour

Make sure you check out The Empower Hour! We recommend that you start with The Empower Hour and then join the Mentor Program. The Empower Hour will set you up for success, giving you all the tools and strategies to thrive with scoliosis. Then, you'll be ready to dive into the Mentor Program and connect on our group platform!

Mentor Program Sign-Up

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

1. Request an appointment for your Mentor Training or Mentee/Group Member video call.

2. Together with a parent (if you are under 18), complete the parental consent form and sign-up form. Once these forms are submitted, your appointment will be confirmed.

3. Complete your Mentor Training or Mentee/Group Member video call. Once you complete this step, you will be officially in the Mentor Program and invited to join our group chat.

The three-step process ensures that all participants are joining the Scolios-us Mentor Program for the right reasons.

IMPORTANT: If you do not receive an email within 3 days of signing up, check your spam folders. If the email is not there, please email us at bracingforscoliosUS@gmail.com so we can get you set up asap.  

Parent Support

We've created a group for the parents of our wonderful mentors, mentees, and group members! Once your child completes the sign-up process, parents will receive the link to join the group chat.

If your child does not participate in the Mentor Program but you are interested in joining the parent group, please email bracingforscoliosus@gmail.com

IMPORTANT: Check Your Emails

When you sign up for the Mentor Program, you will receive the parental consent and sign-up forms to complete. If you do not receive an email within 3 days of signing up, try checking your spam folders. If the email is not there, please email us at bracingforscoliosUS@gmail.com so we can get you set up as soon as possible.  

Meet Our 2024 Scolios-us Mentor Program Team

NISHA: Mentor Support Team

Hi! My name is Nisha! I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 5th grade and I got my brace in the summer before 6th grade. I completed Schroth Physical Therapy and am about 6 months away from graduating from my brace! There has definitely been some ups and downs but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything! 

LILLY: Mentor Support Team

Hi, my name is Lilly! I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 8 years old and I started wearing a brace shortly after. I wore my brace for 5 years, then had a VBT surgery, and then wore a brace for another year until I was 14. With a long scoliosis journey in my past, I can't wait to help others through their own journeys!

LIZ: Mentor Support Team

Hi, My name is Liz! I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 10, wore a WCR brace for three years (6th-9th grade), and graduated from my brace a year ago. I enjoy being able to connect and help people who are going through some of the same things I did. Having to try new things all while in a brace taught me so many things, including how to be the strongest version of myself. In my free time, I like to play tennis and bake.

CAITLYN: Mentee Support Team

My name is Caitlyn! I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 3 and wore a Boston brace from ages 3-7 and 11-14. I will have spinal fusion in April of 2023. While scoliosis was always a challenge, I see it as a barrier that CAN be overcome, especially with the help of those who understand. Connecting with others who experience it firsthand gives a support unlike any other!

MOLLY: Mentee Support Team

Hi, I’m Molly! I live in New York, and I love the beach and skiing. I also play soccer and lacrosse. I’ve been bracing since I was in sixth grade. I decided to become a team leader because I know that when I was just starting, it seemed like I was the only one with scoliosis. Having a community to ask questions too seemed like a great idea and I couldn’t wait to help!

LILY: Advisor

My name is Lily, and I am a pre-medical neuroscience and behavior major at the University of Notre Dame. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 13 and wore a Providence brace through age 18. I am extremely grateful that my experience with scoliosis has equipped me for the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of others. I have been both a mentor and team leader for this program, and I am excited to continue in an advisory role!

SHIRLEY: Advisor

Hi, I’m Shirley! I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 7th grade and wore a brace through middle school. Having scoliosis was challenging at times but I also appreciate how much the experience taught me about myself. I didn’t know anyone with scoliosis when I was bracing and was so glad to learn about the Mentor Program because connecting with others going through similar experiences is incredible! I’m excited to be an advisor for the program this year!

JOCIE: Mentee Coordinator

My name is Jocelyn, but most people call me Jocie. I graduated from Baylor College of Medicine's Orthotics & Prosthetics Program. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when in middle school and was braced for two years. I am here now to lend a helping hand to those going through this same experience. I am excited to be a part of this amazing resource!

MEGAN: Program Coordinator

My name is Megan, and I'm the Founder and President of Scolios-us. Although I do not have scoliosis myself, I specialize in scoliosis bracing and see the ups and downs that kids and teens with scoliosis experience on a regular basis. Through our Scolios-us Mentor Program, we want to help you feel supported and loved as you navigate the world of scoliosis treatment. 

Give Us Feedback

We would love to hear your feedback about our Mentor Program! Please send us an email at bracingforscoliosUS@gmail.com and let us know what you think!

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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Navigating scoliosis is not always easy, but it sure is easier with someone cheering you on.

What is the Mentor Program?

The Scolios-us Mentor Program offers kids and teens with scoliosis the opportunity to connect with a mentor who can help cheer them on as they navigate scoliosis. Although scoliosis impacts 2-3% of adolescents, a much smaller portion of individuals need treatment, such as bracing or surgery. Sometimes, it can feel like you're the only one in the world going through this. But don't worry, that's why we started our Scolios-us Mentor Program - to make this big world feel just a little bit smaller.

You can join the group as a mentor, mentee, or group member. As a mentor, you will be a role model for your mentees and support them along their journey. As a mentee, you are connected with one mentor who will help you through your good and bad days. As a group member, you'll join our group chat and connect with all of our Mentor Program participants.

Another huge benefit of the program is connecting with fellow Mentor Program participants through group chats and video calls. You are not going through this alone - you are part of a whole community that is rooting for you!

Whether you are beginning Schroth therapy or bracing or heading into surgery, you can connect with a mentor who knows exactly what you're going through. Especially when you first find out about your scoliosis, talking with a fellow member of the scoli squad can be incredibly powerful and helpful as you adjust to a new normal.

Check Out The Empower Hour

Make sure you check out The Empower Hour! We recommend that you start with The Empower Hour and then join the Mentor Program. The Empower Hour will set you up for success, giving you all the tools and strategies to thrive with scoliosis. Then, you'll be ready to dive into the Mentor Program and connect on our group platform!

Mentor Program Sign-Up

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

1. Request an appointment for your Mentor Training or Mentee/Group Member video call.

2. Together with a parent (if you are under 18), complete the parental consent form and sign-up form. Once these forms are submitted, your appointment will be confirmed.

3. Complete your Mentor Training or Mentee/Group Member video call. Once you complete this step, you will be officially in the Mentor Program and invited to join our group chat.

The three-step process ensures that all participants are joining the Scolios-us Mentor Program for the right reasons.

IMPORTANT: If you do not receive an email within 3 days of signing up, check your spam folders. If the email is not there, please email us at bracingforscoliosUS@gmail.com so we can get you set up asap.  

Parent Support

We've created a group for the parents of our wonderful mentors, mentees, and group members! Once your child completes the sign-up process, parents will receive the link to join the group chat.

If your child does not participate in the Mentor Program but you are interested in joining the parent group, please email bracingforscoliosus@gmail.com

IMPORTANT: Check Your Emails

When you sign up for the Mentor Program, you will receive the parental consent and sign-up forms to complete. If you do not receive an email within 3 days of signing up, try checking your spam folders. If the email is not there, please email us at bracingforscoliosUS@gmail.com so we can get you set up as soon as possible.  

Meet Our 2024 Scolios-us Mentor Program Team

NISHA: Mentor Support Team

Hi! My name is Nisha! I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 5th grade and I got my brace in the summer before 6th grade. I completed Schroth Physical Therapy and am about 6 months away from graduating from my brace! There has definitely been some ups and downs but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything! 

LILLY: Mentor Support Team

Hi, my name is Lilly! I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 8 years old and I started wearing a brace shortly after. I wore my brace for 5 years, then had a VBT surgery, and then wore a brace for another year until I was 14. With a long scoliosis journey in my past, I can't wait to help others through their own journeys!

LIZ: Mentor Support Team

Hi, My name is Liz! I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 10, wore a WCR brace for three years (6th-9th grade), and graduated from my brace a year ago. I enjoy being able to connect and help people who are going through some of the same things I did. Having to try new things all while in a brace taught me so many things, including how to be the strongest version of myself. In my free time, I like to play tennis and bake.

CAITLYN: Mentee Support Team

My name is Caitlyn! I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 3 and wore a Boston brace from ages 3-7 and 11-14. I will have spinal fusion in April of 2023. While scoliosis was always a challenge, I see it as a barrier that CAN be overcome, especially with the help of those who understand. Connecting with others who experience it firsthand gives a support unlike any other!

MOLLY: Mentee Support Team

Hi, I’m Molly! I live in New York, and I love the beach and skiing. I also play soccer and lacrosse. I’ve been bracing since I was in sixth grade. I decided to become a team leader because I know that when I was just starting, it seemed like I was the only one with scoliosis. Having a community to ask questions too seemed like a great idea and I couldn’t wait to help!

LILY: Advisor

My name is Lily, and I am a pre-medical neuroscience and behavior major at the University of Notre Dame. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 13 and wore a Providence brace through age 18. I am extremely grateful that my experience with scoliosis has equipped me for the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of others. I have been both a mentor and team leader for this program, and I am excited to continue in an advisory role!

SHIRLEY: Advisor

Hi, I’m Shirley! I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 7th grade and wore a brace through middle school. Having scoliosis was challenging at times but I also appreciate how much the experience taught me about myself. I didn’t know anyone with scoliosis when I was bracing and was so glad to learn about the Mentor Program because connecting with others going through similar experiences is incredible! I’m excited to be an advisor for the program this year!

JOCIE: Mentee Coordinator

My name is Jocelyn, but most people call me Jocie. I graduated from Baylor College of Medicine's Orthotics & Prosthetics Program. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when in middle school and was braced for two years. I am here now to lend a helping hand to those going through this same experience. I am excited to be a part of this amazing resource!

MEGAN: Program Coordinator

My name is Megan, and I'm the Founder and President of Scolios-us. Although I do not have scoliosis myself, I specialize in scoliosis bracing and see the ups and downs that kids and teens with scoliosis experience on a regular basis. Through our Scolios-us Mentor Program, we want to help you feel supported and loved as you navigate the world of scoliosis treatment. 

Give Us Feedback

We would love to hear your feedback about our Mentor Program! Please send us an email at bracingforscoliosUS@gmail.com and let us know what you think!

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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