The University of Montana
Beginning in fall 2012, sixty (60) full-time AmeriCorps members and leveraged volunteers will seek to remove barriers and increase college enrollment for 3,000 economically disadvantaged youth throughout the Northern Rockies/Great Plains region, annually. By the end of the three-year project, at least 1,800 target youth will have graduated from high school and at least 1,200 will have entered post-secondary institutions. The long-term impact is that a greater number of economically disadvantaged individuals will attain a post-secondary degree. This project aligns with the CNCS focus area of Education, with a particular emphasis on meeting one of the four-year goals of the current CNCS strategic plan, to "improve the preparation for, and prospects of success in, post-secondary education institutions for economically disadvantaged students." The CNCS Fixed-Amount grant of $780,000 will support member costs associated with hosting 60 full-time AmeriCorps members, who will serve between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013. The program will be administered regionally by the Montana Campus Compact (MTCC), which will support administrative operations and provide for all program operating costs out of non-Corporation funds.