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H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program

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Comments from a H.O.P.E. Presentation

"It was great that the speaker had epilepsy herself so that she could answer questions firsthand."

"Helpful, informative, and interesting. I will do a better job if I deal with people with epilepsy since having this class."

-- H.O.P.E. audience members

"If I can help just one family obtain the emotional support they need during this very challenging time, then my time as a mentor will be well spent."

--H.O.P.E. Volunteer

Scheduling a H.O.P.E. Presentation / Becoming a H.O.P.E. Mentor

If you would like to schedule a H.O.P.E. presentation or are interested in learning more about volunteering to become a mentor, it is as simple as a toll-free telephone call: (877) HOPE 4 YOU or (877) 467-3496

A H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program representative will be happy to help you.

The H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program (Helping Other People with Epilepsy) was created to allow people who live with epilepsy to educate others and share their experiences. This educational program trains people with epilepsy to be "patient educators" throughout the epilepsy and neurology communities.

H.O.P.E. Program Goals

  • Improve communication about epilepsy to patients and the community at large.
  • Offer an exciting new way for people with epilepsy to learn through shared experiences.
  • Serve as a positive resource for the epilepsy patient, family & healthcare professional.
  • Provide a mechanism to inform audiences of the resources available to people with epilepsy.

The program provides concise information in standardized learning and teaching formats by certified mentors. The H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program includes four core educational modules including Epilepsy & Seizures; Impact of Epilepsy; and Advocacy & Self-Management, and Seizures in Later Life.

Using these modules, mentors tailor their presentations to form scientifically accurate and useful lectures, to accommodate the specific needs of the various audiences.

Who is a H.O.P.E. Mentor?

H.O.P.E. Mentors are individuals who are living with epilepsy or family members who have made a commitment to share their personal experiences with epilepsy through this program.

Each mentor must successfully complete a training program to become a certified H.O.P.E. mentor. Through this training, mentors are taught the program curriculum developed by leaders in the field of epilepsy.

The program curriculum is designed to have mentors share, in their own words, their personal experiences and stories about living with epilepsy.

The combination of the educational curriculum and personal experience provides the community with the best and most concise information about epilepsy.

What H.O.P.E. Program Activities are Available in Your Community?

The H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program activities are available nationwide and are suitable for a variety of audiences. Each presentation can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each audience including:

  • Persons with epilepsy: newly diagnosed, children, adolescents, women, elderly
  • Family members and loved ones
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Support groups, schools, churches, corporations in your community

The H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program is sponsored by UCB, Inc.