University of Southern Mississippi

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Contact Information

(601) 266-4119
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011

Executive Summary

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Institute for Disability Studies proposes an AmeriCorps program in the immediate service areas of Southeast and South Mississippi postsecondary education: Jones Junior College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Pearl River Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi. The Training, Resources and Information for the Advancement of Disability (TRIAD) Service AmeriCorps Program will assist in supporting at-risk high school students to increase the number of students with youth with disabilities who transition into adulthood. This transition includes employment, postsecondary education, national service, adult healthcare services and more. The TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program has three primary goals. First, the TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program will promote a healthy transition from pediatric services to adult-focused medical services by increasing the percentage of students with disabilities who transition from a pediatrician to an adult medical provider by a minimum of 25%. Second, the TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program will promote postsecondary education for students with disabilities in secondary settings by increasing the percentage of students with disabilities who graduate with a standard diploma or occupational diploma and pursue postsecondary education by a minimum of 25%. Third, the TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program will promote employment for students with disabilities in secondary settings by increasing the percentage of students with disabilities who graduate with a standard diploma or occupational diploma and pursue employment by a minimum of 25%. In addition, leadership and mentoring will be fostered in by forty part-time AmeriCorps members who include postsecondary students with and without disabilities as well as young adults with and without disabilities. By promoting AmeriCorps opportunities for postsecondary students with disabilities, the TRIAD Service AmeriCorps Program will also promote successful completion of postsecondary education for students with disabilities.

Award Information

Application ID: 11AC124031
CNCS Award Amount: $0.00
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