Next STEP is Now Accepting Applications!

Click here to apply and you will be contacted for an initial informational meeting

Next STEP, STRIVE’s Transitional Education Program is a unique, private-pay, education, recreation and leisure program. The Next STEP program will consist of two components: Daily Educational Classes and Daily Recreational and Social Wellness Development. Some of the topics to be covered during Next STEP are: Money Management, Personal, Emotional & Physical Health, Safety, Household Responsibilities, Decision Making, Nutrition and Advocacy.

Students will enroll on a rolling admissions basis, consisting of Full time and Part time offerings available for enrollment. Next STEP is designed for those who are on a waiting list for services, in combination with a community support program or for those who do not qualify for other services. The Next STEP staff to student ratio is 1:5, allowing the opportunity for one-on-one time with each student. In addition to the educational component, students will receive the opportunity to focus on developing personal recreation and wellness.


Typical Schedule
Time Component Sample Activities
9:00am-10:00am Journal and Discussion Time Structured time to reflect on past activities, plan for upcoming events, and engage with creating writing prompts
10:00am-10:30am Instructional Session #1 Self-advocacy, nutrition and menu planning, independent skill building
10:30am-12:00pm Community Exploration Volunteer placements, library, meal preparation, grocery shopping, bus mapping, independent navigation
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Hour
1:00pm-2:00pm Instructional Session #2 Financial Management, personal budgeting, interactive educational activities
2:00pm-4:30pm Social, recreational and wellness activities Yoga class, fitness center, exercise walks, interactive games
4:30pm-5:00pm Personal Time Skill building for independent leisure activities and choices

Days and Hours of Operation
Next STEP is open year round Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5pm. Early drop-off hours are available, for a nominal fee, and need to be scheduled in advance.

As an agency we will be observing the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s. Reminders will be sent out as the dates approach.

Contact Betsy at or call (207)-774-6278 ext. 217 for more information.