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Age Range: 18-25 years old on move-in day

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STRIVE U is a comprehensive program aimed at teaching its students necessary skills to live independently in the community. STRIVE U is founded on four main program areas; Community Living - Living in an apartment with a roommate, Employment - learning valuable job skills through paid work experiences, Post - Secondary Education - Through a certificate program with Southern Maine Community College, and finally transition - assuring the transition from STRIVE U into the community is successful and meaningful. STRIVE U is an admissions based program, and we would love to give you a tour and application. Please contact our Admissions Coordinator to arrange a tour and discuss admissions requirements.

Competitive Employment - Real Job Experiences: STRIVE U is committed to providing students with valuable, competitive work experience and the support needed to ensure successful professional experiences. Students will be given the opportunity to experience a wide variety employment opportunities of value (both to employee and employer) focusing on areas in which students express interest. Our intention is to provide employment opportunities in areas other than the traditional ones open for people with developmental disabilities. STRIVE also provides extensive job preparation and training to complement the work experience.

Post-Secondary Education: STRIVE U collaborates with Southern Maine Community College to provide an inclusive educational opportunity for STRIVE U students. In the first semester, students will enroll in a course at Southern Maine Community College focused on transition and immersion into college. This course will focus on goal setting, decision making, development of academic vision, and the responsibilities of adult learners. At the end of the semester, students will be aware of options and ideas about how to implement the academic vision they develop over the semester. In the second semester,
Southern Maine Community College will provide an Advisor/Coordinator for STRIVE U students to help guide them to identify personal and academic goals and how to meet their goals through collegiate academics. STRIVE U students will have Southern Maine Community College student identification card and have full access to campus life.

Independent Living in the Community: Students enrolled at STRIVE U will learn critical independent living skills in off-campus apartment buildings managed and staffed by STRIVE U. These apartments will serve as skills classrooms for independent living, training in money management, time management, independent travel, self-care, nutrition, health and wellness, and household management. Each resident will have maximum independence and choices including the opportunity to make mistakes in a safe environment It is our goal to teach each student the skills and give each student the confidence to live independently upon graduation from STRIVE U.

Transition: Leading up to graduation, STRIVE U, will assist graduates with housing and employment support if necessary. This will ensure that STRIVE U graduates are productive and fully participating members of the community. The transition process will take place throughout students 2 years at STRIVE U. This will begin with enrollment, and the creation of a written transition plan, including goals set by the individual. Upon graduation from STRIVE U, and receiving the certificate of completion, students will have several things in place, including all factors identified in their transition plan.