|U of M Students Will Mark TRIO National Day of Service This Weekend
For release: Feb. 22, 2007
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Students from the University of Memphis Student Support Services project will participate in a youth community outreach program Saturday, Feb. 24, as a way to show appreciation to the community for its support of the nation’s TRIO programs.
The seven federally-funded TRIO programs (Student Support Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program) have been providing support services for more than 40 years to help students from disadvantaged families attend and graduate from college.
Participants from the SSS project will volunteer at the Orange Mound Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will present 20-minute workshops to students ages 10 to 16 around the theme “Caring for the Mind, Body, and Soul.” Topics will include good study habits, personal hygiene, and healthy living. The event will conclude with a panel discussion about college life.
The U of M was awarded its first TRIO grant in the fall of 2005. The Student Support Services project serves 160 students by helping them overcome social, class, and cultural barriers to completing a higher education. Of the 160 active participants in the fall of 2005, more than 85 percent enrolled in the fall of 2006, indicating their intention to complete a bachelor’s degree. That number marked a significant achievement by TRIO programs in retaining at-risk students.
More than 1,200 colleges, universities, and community agencies host 2,600 TRIO programs serving 866,000 young people and adults. TRIO services include tutoring, personal and financial counseling, career counseling, assistance in applying to college, workplace and college visits, special instruction in reading, writing, study skills and mathematics, and assistance in applying for financial aid.
“We want more people to know about the services of the TRIO programs and the many lives that they impact,” said Jacqueline Faulkner, SSS project director at the U of M. “We also want people to know that this program works and should be expanded to serve more Americans from low-income families.”
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