What is a peer mentor?

A Reeve certified peer mentor is someone who wants to share their experiences and real-world insights. If you are a person who is impacted by paralysis, thriving in your own life and able to demonstrate skills that empower others, we encourage you to apply. We support you through expert training, certification, information and our private online community.

To apply, you should:
  • Have at least a year’s experience of living with paralysis or as a family member or caregiver of someone living with paralysis
  • Have the time to volunteer in the program
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Have a positive outlook and be thriving in life
  • Be knowledgeable about local community resources

Apply to become a peer mentor

Email us

For information on how to apply, please send an email indicating that you want to become a mentor to [email protected] . A program coordinator will respond as soon as possible.

Give us a call

Our team is available to answer your questions Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm ET, or you can email us: [email protected]


What happens after I apply?

Step 1

1. We email you

You will receive an email confirmation with information about the certification process and training schedule.

Step 2

2. Specialized training

You complete our training and certification program by participating in an interview, attending a virtual training and submitting to a background check.

Step 3

3. We match you

If successful, you are matched with a peer of similar age, gender, level of paralysis, ethnicity, veteran status and location.

About our peer mentoring program

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Peer & Family Support Program’s mission is to provide support and information on local and national resources to people living with paralysis, their families and caregivers. Together, we empower people living with paralysis to achieve an active and full life.
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Having a peer mentor has meant a lot to me as I have felt alone in a community of people without disabilities, even in my own house. No one understands what I am going through better than a peer mentor. - Peer living with paralysis

Frequently asked questions

Q. Why is peer mentoring important?

Are you interested in helping a fellow community member? If so, consider becoming a peer mentor. With our training and your real-world experiences, you can help someone navigate life after paralysis and the journey ahead.

Q. What is the time commitment required?

This varies from mentor to mentor. There are no set requirements as this is a peer-focused program: the peer determines the frequency of meetings, duration, discussion topics, etc.

Q. What does the training involve?

Our expert training and certification program offers in-person and virtual trainings in which peer mentor candidates can learn from program staff and each other.

Q. Is remote mentoring an option?

Yes. As a Reeve certified peer mentor, you will have the opportunity to mentor peers across the country by phone, email, text or video chat.

+300 Peer mentors have been trained & certified in 43 states

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.