Connections That Count

Each week during the school year, Connections That Count (CTC) provides a safe place for area youth impacted by disabilities and families in the surrounding Mt. Pleasant community to connect with CMU student leaders and participate in fun activities such as craft making, exercise, talent shows, healthy snacks, and meal preparation. Here the youth are able to make friends and build social skills that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to do. Caring and compassionate CMU students gain valuable experience working hands-on with those with disabilities.

CTC has been in existence since 2002, started by Joan Hogan from Counseling and Special Education and some of her students majoring in various programs in the College of Education and Human Services. Now, nearly 20 years later, CTC still provides a valuable resource to the surrounding community through positive relationships, activities, and more.

Human Development and Family Studies Professor Holly Hoffman and two-time CMU alumnus, local businessman, and Mt. Pleasant resident Joe Wentworth are currently leading the initiative.

Apply to participate

Know a youth impacted by disability who is ready to join a fun group? Fill out the participant application form and the participant interest profile.

Become a student leader

Are you a CMU student ready to mentor youth impacted by disability and have fun? Fill out the CMU Student mentor application.

Fall 2023 Activity Schedule

September 11Carnival KickoffCDLL
September 18Movie NightTBD
September 25Scavenger HuntCDLL
October 2Craft NightCDLL
October 9Happy HomecomingCDLL
October 16CMU Fall Break - No CTC 
October 23Bingo/Craft NightTBD
October 30Halloween PartyCDLL
November 6Rock ClimbingFinch Fieldhouse
November 13STEM NightCDLL
November 20FriendsgivingCDLL
November 27Talent ShowSAC Gym

CMU Football Game Concessions

  • Saturday, September 9
  • Saturday, September 30
  • Saturday, October 14 (Homecoming)
  • Tuesday, October 31
  • Friday, November 24