October 28, 2011
The Student Support Services TRiO Leadership Group at the University of Maine at Fort is an experiential learning-based group for students in the TRiO program, which focuses on developing life skills. One of the main goals of the TRiO Leadership Group is to enhance opportunities for TRiO students to further their skills associated with team building, communication, and leadership.
Trio Leadership Group members participate in campus and community-based projects that the group selects and facilitates. Some of the programs the students have developed are an after-school mentoring program; a program aimed towards bullying prevention; cultural awareness, partnering with other university clubs to offer trips designed to increase cultural sensitivity; and, community-building activities such as the TRiO game night.
The Student Support Services TRiO program joined the University of Maine in Fort Kent community in 1983. Funded by the Department of Education, the program is designed to improve academic performance, increase student motivation, and increase persistence and retention rates.
To be a member of TRiO, a student must demonstrate a need for academic support, and provide evidence that he/she is low income, a first generation college student, and/or disabled under the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The TRiO program at UMFK serves 160 students as they pursue their academic, personal, and career goals. Experiential learning is but one way that the program assists students in accomplishing those goals.
TRiO programs are federal outreach and student service programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. TRiO programs also include training directors and staff of TRiO projects.