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Deaf Mentor Family Program

The Deaf Mentor Family Program (DMFP) is offered to families who have a deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) child.  While the focus is on younger children, the DMFP is available to any child ages birth to 21.

How It Works

  • Deaf Mentors use curriculum from the research-based SKI-HI Institute which supports, teaches, facilitates and models with families ways to promote communication and early language skills that best meet the needs of their DHH child.
  • Deaf Mentors are fluent in American Sign Language.  They have an easy communication style with family members who hear and genuinely enjoy working with children.
  • “Design Your Own Deaf Mentor Family Program” is offered for families with the intent to customize their learning plan as well as provide a flexible schedule.
  • Families begin with Bravo!, an online video introductory course that leads to home visits.
  • Visits occur where it is most convenient for families - at home or their preferred alternative location. This also provides a comfortable environment where children can learn best.
  • During visits, families learn ASL and other communication techniques unique to DHH children. In this relaxed setting, family members are encouraged to ask questions about ASL, Deaf culture and daily life as a DHH individual.

Apply for the DMFP today!  Someone will be in touch with you within 48 hours. Enrollment is dependent upon the availability of funds at the time of application.                                                              

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Meet Lifetrack's Deaf Mentors

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Deaf Mentor Qualifications

  • Deaf Mentors have completed training using the SKI-HI Deaf Mentor Training Curriculum, offered by the SKI-HI Institute in Utah.
  • Deaf Mentors have been chosen based on their fluency in ASL, ability to communicate easily with hearing families, comfort with young children and ability to support family decisions.
  • The Deaf Mentors also receive ongoing training to provide services in accordance with “A Plan for Mentorship of Minnesota Families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children."


Emily Smith-Lundberg
Deaf Mentor Family Program Manager
709 University Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55104


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Other Services

The Snapshots service is for families with children newly identified as deaf or hard of hearing.

  • Snapshots is coordinated by medical professionals and DHH teachers with the DMFP.  It introduces your child and family to individuals from the DHH community and their technology options.
  • This service provides opportunities to address practical concerns in a less formal, more personal setting.

Empower!  consists of eight, one-hour sessions focused on self-advocacy skills for deaf and hard of hearing youth (ages 7-21).

  • Introduces your child and family to a role model who is DHH and uses similar communication modalities
  • Offers the opportunity to discuss topics such as peer friendships using technology, self-esteem, identity and thinking about the future.


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The Deaf Mentor Family Program has a new blog!  This is a place where you can learn more about American Sign Language, Deaf Culture and gain insights from families and individuals in the Deaf and hard of hearing community. 


Deaf Mentor Family Program T-Shirts

Now available! Get yours while supplies last!

Show your DMFP pride by purchasing one of our T-shirts!  By wearing this T-shirt you are helping spread awareness of the Deaf Mentor Family Program in Minnesota.  The funds raised from the sales of these T-shirts will go to support home visits by Deaf Mentors and resources for families like books and interactive games. 

Order yours today!


Lifetrack's Deaf Mentor Family Program is funded in part by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD).

Number of Clients Served in 2019

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  • Child & Family Services


  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing - Family Services


  • Delta Dental
    Delta Dental
  • Collegis Education
    Collegis Education
  • Wells Fargo
    Wells Fargo
  • Associated Bank
    Associated Bank
  • American Family Insurance
    American Family Insurance
  • Marbrook Foundation
    Marbrook Foundation
  • Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation
    Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation
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