About the Zale Program

In 2017, the Zale Program was generously funded by the M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation. The program strives to increase the Brandeis University Waltham Group’s capacity to support the goals and aspirations of young adults with intellectual disabilities. Through this program, the Waltham Group will develop a professional, sustainable training program and support network that will increase the effectiveness of student volunteers and community partners working with young adults with intellectual disabilities. The Waltham Group's Brandeis Buddies and SPECTRUM will particularly be involved in the program, but the initiatives will invite in members of the local community who volunteer with this population of individuals. 

The Zale Program will consist of two half-day conferences (Training & Support: October 21, 2017 & Train the Trainer: March 3, 2018), a student leader networking night, and a series of local community discussion meetings. The Department of Community Service and Waltham Group will partner to create a resource library and digital resources that will remain available for years to come. Mentor-to-mentee support will create opportunities for individuals who attend the conference events to continue to train others in the community as well. 

We are proud to have the Greater Waltham Arc and You're With Us as co-sponsors of this initiative.

The first Zale Conference will be held on Saturday, October 21, from 11am-3pm on Brandeis' campus. Registration is available on the Google form below. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Soares.