Engaged Opportunity Grants

Hitting the Wall

Building vocational skills and self-confidence in disabled youth through an indoor rock climbing program

This grant funds a six-week Cornell Outdoor Education rock climbing program for eight disabled youth from TST-BOCES Smith School, giving them the opportunity to develop confidence, self-esteem and problem solving skills; gain physical strength; and simply have fun. The rock climbing program enhances the existing Career Skills at Cornell program, a partnership among the Cornell Public Service Center, Helping Exceptional Youth (HEY) volunteers and TST-BOCES, that supports high school students with developmental disabilities in a dynamic career exploration. At an end-of-year showcase, the Smith School students will share what they have accomplished with mentors, family members and Cornell staff, faculty and students.

Grant category: Student Leadership

The Team

  • Marc Magnus-Sharpe, Cornell Outdoor Education
    Student and Campus Life
  • Rob Cook, Cornell Outdoor Education
    Student and Campus Life
  • Susanne Bruyere, K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
    School of Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Sarah Aiken ’18, Human Development
    College of Human Ecology
  • Michele Garceau ’18, Human Development
    College of Human Ecology
  • Nicole Biatowas, Occupational Therapy Student
    Ithaca College
  • Community partner: TST BOCES

Engaged Opportunity Grants

Supporting a wide range of community-engaged projects, from student leadership programs and partnership building to events and conference travel. Open to all faculty and staff.

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