Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-2020 Academic Year!
What is Project WOLVES?
Project WOLVES is the University of West Georgia's Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Program. Project WOLVES, housed in the College of Education, is a Comprehensive transition Program that provides students with intellectual disabilities and inclusive college experience.
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The Project WOLVES Experience
The goal of Project WOLVES is to help students with intellectual disabilities to be as independent as possible in their adult lives. Project WOLVES is a two-year (4 semester) inclusive program that provides students with educational opportunities to develop skills in the areas of academics, socialization, employment readiness, and independence. Using a person-centered planning approach, Project WOLVES students engage in education that specifically targets individual interests and needs related to academic and social development, employment skills, self- advocacy skills, and independent living skills.
All general student services, academic services, and social events available at UWG are open and accessible to Project WOLVES students. Upon graduation from Project WOLVES, students will be better prepared to enter the world of competitive employment. Students will have learned work readiness skills, employability skills, social skills, and academic skills.
Students participating in Project WOLVES audit courses offered at UWG's campus in Carrollton, Georgia. The core classes in the program provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace and beyond.
Project WOLVES students are involved in volunteer activities both on-campus and throughout the greater Carrollton community. These volunteer experiences provide meaningful experiences that can expand the students’ interests, as well as help build crucial employment skills.
Project WOLVES students partake in supervised internships related to the their career goals in settings with individuals without disabilities. Each student has targeted experiences and supports that help build their resume, as well as develop crucial vocational skills that will help them obtain competitive, integrated employment.
Project WOLVES utilizes a peer mentoring system to facilitate natural supports for social inclusion. Facilitating natural supports and inclusion within the social aspect of college life may include helping students identify extracurricular activities he or she may be interested in pursuing, determining how to balance social and academic life, and fostering friendships with students who have similar interests. Peer mentors are incorporated into multiple aspects of students’ daily campus life, including involvement in events, clubs, and activities.
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Who should apply for Project WOLVES?
Students with intellectual disabilities who have completed high school and are eager to continue their education to learn employment, independent living, and self-determination skills. Project WOLVES accepts students annually for the Fall semester of each academic year.
Applicant Must Be:
- At least 18 years of age by semester of enrollment
- A current client with Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (strongly preferred)
- Able to function independently for a sustained period of time (at least 3 hours)
- Able to use a computer/tablet and cell phone
- Able to sit through a class period (1.5 hours)
- Able to functionally communicate (verbal or augmented)
- Able to meet personal needs, including handling own medication and dietary restrictions without assistance
Applicant Must Have:
- A documented diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability
- Received special education services under IDEA while in high school
- Received a high school diploma (general or special education track)
- Reliable transportation to and from campus at least 4 times a week
- At least a third grade reading, writing, and math level (preferred)
- No significant behavioral or emotional problems that would impact school or internship performance
- The desire and motivation to complete a post-secondary program
- Motivation to be actively involved in the UWG community
- A goal of competitive (paid), integrated employment
- The need and a desire for greater independence
- A strong commitment to complete all program requirements and course assignments with support
Project WOLVES is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Academic year (Starting August 2019!)
If you have any questions, please contact Dansbie Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in Volunteering?
Become a Peer Mentor!
A Peer Mentor is a motivated undergraduate or graduate student who will act as a guide and friend to students in Project WOLVES. This may include walking them to class, providing academic tutoring, attending a basketball game together, or even to just grab lunch!
“The University of West Georgia Project WOLVES is funded partially by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Grant #P407A150079”