Project SEARCH Mississippi

Mississippians with disabilities are the largest minority in the state and tend to be an untapped population for employment. The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) is partnering with the National Project SEARCH Transition Program to develop Project SEARCH.  The project goal is to increase the number of young adults with intellectual/cognitive and other developmental disabilities to obtain competitive community-based employment. Project SEARCH is an eight-month training program that consists of daily employment preparatory skills training, community development, mentoring services, and work internships. Project SEARCH will target young adults 18 – 30 years old, will include peer mentoring by Southern Miss students and will begin spring 2015.  The training program will allow participants to work on employability and functional skills in the following areas:

  • Team building
  • Getting around the workplace
  • Workplace safety
  • Technology
  • Social skills
  • Communication
  • Presentation skills
  • Interviewing skills
  • Money management
  • Health and wellness
  • Job search skills
  • Keeping a job

Information on program timelines, participation, the application process, and mentoring opportunities is coming soon.