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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.