Fayetteville State Eye-to-Eye Chapter Begins Second Year

Eye-to-Eye student art projects.

The Bronco STAR program at Fayetteville State is now the fourth college in the UNC system to establish an Eye-to -Eye chapter through which college students with learning differences work with similar students in middle and high school. The Fayetteville State program is in its second year and has also become a registered student organization on campus.

Eye-to-Eye is a national mentoring organization that utilizes an arts-based curriculum to pair students with a learning disability or attention deficient hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) with college students with similar diagnoses as a means of academic and personal empowerment.

 The group at Fayetteville State meets with about ten students from Reid Ross Classical every Thursday afternoon to work on their projects.  Kaphazija Fulmore and Brandon Kinkle serve as the chapter leaders.

Asya Muhammad, academic success coach at Fayetteville State, said it is easy to see how the art activities benefit both the mentors and the mentees.   “We try to help everybody learn to be confident in their own skin and be proud of themselves, regardless of their unique differences,” she said.

Muhammad said mentors and chapter leaders gain experience as leaders and learn how to manage their time to include the Eye-to-Eye activities.   “The students from Reid Classical have a chance to meet with other students and create new friendships,” she continued.

Last year culminated with a graduation ceremony in the art room which included parents, and the chapter is planning a similar activity for the end of the school year in 2018.