According to a release issued by (MCCC), the van Ameringen Foundation Inc. recently awarded the college a $100,000 grant in support of the development of the Partnership On Work Enrichment and Readiness for Transitional Age Youth (POWER TAY) program.
POWER TAY is an educational and career readiness program for adolescents and young adults, 16 to 28 years old, who have a diagnosable mental illness that has led to functional impairments in one or more life domains, such as education and work.
With the funds from van Ameringen Foundation, the POWER TAY Program will enroll targeted students in a two-credit college orientation class called “Strategies for College Success” within the next two years.
During each 14-week course, POWER TAY students will learn such skills as successful college strategies, balancing school and work with life activities, time management, goal setting and decision making, professionalism, ethics and boundary setting, healthy leisure time activities, career assessment, resumes, cover letters and interviewing.
POWER TAY students will have the option to attend a weekly study group for additional academic tutoring. A part-time, grant-funded Peer Mentor Coordinator who is a graduate of the POWER Program will monitor the weekly class and match students with POWER graduates in similar career or educational programs.
Additionally, the college will integrate the students into the wider college community by offering guided tours of the campus, providing college identification cards for use of facilities and resources, and encouraging students to join student clubs and participate in activities.
The Montgomery County Office of Mental Health, Montgomery County Community College and private foundations, such as the van Ameringen Foundation, fund the existing POWER and POWER Plus support programs, which are free to students.
Initiated in 2006, the POWER Program has helped more than 200 adults in mental-health recovery to successfully develop their goals through one or more college courses and a personalized educational and career plan.
When students graduate from the POWER class and opt to continue with other credit courses, they attend a weekly POWER Plus course. The class functions as a support group using problem-solving techniques.
The new POWER TAY program will extend the outreach of these existing programs to teens and young adults, while incorporating POWER graduates as mentors.
The van Ameringen Foundation of New York City is a private grant-making foundation principally active in metropolitan New York and Philadelphia. Louis van Ameringen established the foundation in 1950. The foundation received its assets from him during his lifetime and from his estate following his death in 1966, and from his widow Hedwig van Ameringen during her lifetime and upon her death in 1996.
The foundation seeks prevention, education and direct care in the mental-health field with an emphasis on individuals with impoverished backgrounds and few opportunities for whom appropriate intervention would produce positive change.
Individuals interested in the POWER TAY or POWER programs may obtain a referral from their mental health or school provider or may refer themselves.