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MC2 helps young people prepare for independence and adulthood. MC2's goals are:

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Littleton Model Community Project was a wonderful success!

Our project with the UNH Institute on Disability finished up in June of 2005, but the work is continuing-and expanding!

The citizen Advisory Council that guided the Littleton Model Community Project is now broadening its vision and looking to increase accessibility in communities through the western White Mountain region. To be part of the Advisory Council, contact Nicole LaPointe at 444-4461.

Model Community Partners Project (MC2): Connecting Young People to Communities and Careers

Model Community Partners, an expansion of the Littleton Model Community Project, will prepare students for success as adults in the job market and in the work place.

Work-based learning includes any academically related activity that takes place in a work setting. This includes career exploration, job shadowing, vocational training, internships and paid work experiences that take place at employer work sites.

Model Community Partners, or MC2, will work with Profile, Lisbon, and Littleton High Schools to build on existing work and community-based learning programs. MC2 staff will strengthen the connections between schools, businesses, and other services in the community to increase the effectiveness of these programs for students. The benefits of hosting work-based learning experiences for students to businesses are significant. Students with on-the-job experience have a better understanding job expectations, therefore are more likely to be successful in their job.

"There are a lot of opportunities out there", says Bill Brown, Profile School Board member and member of the Model Community Partners Advisory Council. "We just have to connect the dots between them."

Work-based learning experiences have to be well coordinated to be of benefit to businesses and students. "Supporting managers and co-workers with information and training before students come onto the worksite is crucial,"says Kim O'Connor, Career Development Coordinator for the Model Community Partners project. "Even more important is being available to problem-solve with employers if issues arise, and to provide guidance and supervision to students."

Marie Sullivan will be to finding other ways for young people to explore and express their interests and talents as Model Community Partners' Community Connector. As a Community Connector, Marie will be helping young people connect to mentors, peer groups, recreation and learning opportunities in their own community. These experiences help students develop confidence and create social networks, both of which are useful in seeking employment.

Project Manager Nicole LaPointe explains, "It is our goal to design a system of work and community-based learning opportunities that connects to existing services and can suit all students. Ultimately, the entire community benefits when students graduate prepared to enter the work force and trained to take jobs in the local economy."

A working citizen Advisory Council directs Model Community Partners. For more information about MC2, contact Kim or Marie at SAU #35, 444-3925 x 311.

Model Community Partners is a supported by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy through the Workforce Opportunity Council, Inc. and New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Council.