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FIU Project Panther Life: Learning is for Everyone

Project Panther LIFE: Learning Is For Everyone is a certificate, non-degree program of study which allows students with Intellectual Disabilities to access and participate in a variety of FIU courses, varied job shadowing opportunities throughout campus, supervised employment internship experiences in the community, and other required program and community activities (e.g., Summer Residential Program, online academic... more »
Who are you?

We are Panther LIFE, a postsecondary transition program for students with intellectual disabilities to have a university-based experience and prepare for paid employment. Visit program website for more information http://education.fiu.edu/pantherlife

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Students with Intellectual Disabilities have the poorest post-school outcomes compared to other students with disabilities. Panther LIFE is the only postsecondary transition program in South Florida providing access to a university and preparation for paid employment. By focusing on academic, social, and independent living skills, positive growth can be documented in employment and increased self-esteem as students begin to perceive themselves as more similar to their non-disabled peers.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

To achieve a greater Miami, we need to provide education opportunities for all young people in our community, including those with Intellectual Disabilities. We are working to achieve this goal through Project Panther LIFE, a partnership led by Florida International University in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Parent to Parent of Miami. With the support of The Miami Foundation, we can ensure that learning really is for everyone.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Our program has rapidly grown. Panther LIFE students take university courses, present at conferences, participate in workshops, learn about technology and email etiquette, and gain travel expertise of the Miami Metro System. Students research healthy food choices, participate in scheduled fitness classes, and some even compete in the Special Olympics! All students participate in a job shadowing experience. To date, we have graduated 6 students and 4 are currently employed in the community.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Florida International University

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Civic Engagement

“GIVE 50” – FIU to Kick-Off Community-Wide Service Effort

In celebration of FIU’s upcoming 50th Anniversary in 2015, the university’s renowned Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) will challenge its students, employees, alumni, family and friends to “GIVE 50” – 50 hours of service to the community in recognition of FIU’s 50 years in the community. The massive community engagement project intends to spark a commitment to a life of active citizenship that will promote a long-range,... more »
Who are you?

CLS provides learning experiences; build the capacity of college students to lead and serve. Through leadership education and practical application students learn how to become active citizens on campus in their respective communities.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

“GIVE 50” will impact the issue of civic engagement. FIU is a major institution in Miami-Dade County with over 6,000 employees, 50, 000 students and 125,000 alumni living in the local area. The “GIVE 50” challenge will use the milestone of FIU’s Golden Anniversary to jump-start a movement of volunteerism by challenging students, employees, alumni and friends to pledge 50 hours of community service to commemorate FIU’s 50 years in the community.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The Our Miami Report states that “Miami metro residents were found to volunteer the least among major metros and young adults in Miami Dade volunteer at a lower level than other major metros.” “GIVE 50” directly addresses volunteerism and will create a model for other major institutions to follow.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Center for Leadership & Service at FIU has a solid track record of civic engagement. In 2013-2014, CLS engaged over 3,000 students in leadership programs and service activities and recorded over 65k service hours generated by our students. CLS has a database of over 200 community partners and the mechanisms for tracking student participation. This model can be used to replicate the needed infrastructure to facilitate the participation of employees and alumni in community based volunteering

Organization Name (or individuals name) FIU

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