Connecting to Success is an electronic mentoring program, begun in 1999, designed to promote successful transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Electronic mentoring, also called e-mentoring, uses a combination of e-mail and face-to-face meetings to facilitate mentoring relationships between young people and caring adults.
Young people with disabilities, as a group, have the highest unemployment rates, lowest participation in postsecondary training and education programs, and the highest likelihood of remaining dependent on public assistance programs following high school of all groups of young adults. Effective mentoring programs can change these outcomes.
Connecting to Success developed this model to help schools, community organizations, and businesses make valuable connections to youth with disabilities.
If you are an educator, employer, or involved community member, we would like to invite you to become a Connecting to Success Partner. You can join our growing network of schools, government groups, businesses, and community organizations who are actively involved in e-mentoring programs across the country.
Connecting to Success was started by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition at the University of Minnesota (NCSET). We were joined at the inception by the Presidential Task Force on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities, Achieve!Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Education, and Iowa Paths.
Please take some time and read about this exciting model program and contact us for more information.
The Connecting to Success Web site was originally published on March 5, 2001.
Connecting to Success is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, grant #E-9-4-0-0089.
Connecting to Success is housed at the Institute on Community Integration,
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