TIES (Together Including Every Student)

Kathy Costello,

TIES Program Director

585-546-1700 or 800-650-4967 (toll free in NYS)

Email | http://www.starbridgeinc.org/
TIES (Together Including Every Student) provides support to students with developmental disabilities in community, recreational and extracurricular activities with the support of trained student volunteers. Participants are 3rd grade and older and volunteers are 8th grade and older.

TIES is currently in place in more than 30 school districts throughout the Western, Central, and Finger Lakes regions of New York. To see whether TIES is in your school district, click here.

TIES Coordinators work closely with the school districts to identify eligible participants, recruit and train peer volunteers, communicate with activity leaders, and make necessary arrangements for each activity.

Activities can be –

  • A single event, such as a school dance or after-school football game.
  • An ongoing class, such as cooking, dance, martial arts, music, or gymnastics.
  • Ongoing participation in a community organization, such as Scouts.
  • A Drumming Circle.