STRIVE U Open House

STRIVE U in Portland, ME

STRIVE U provides post-secondary education and training to young adults with intellectual disabilities.

Please join us for our Open House!

Sunday, October 6th



12 Nye Street, Portland, Maine

STRIVE U is inclusive, comprehensive and groundbreaking. The program is designed to teach its students necessary skills to live independently in the community. STRIVE U is founded on four main program areas:


Community Living

  • Students enrolled at STRIVE U learn critical independent living skills in off-campus apartment buildings. These apartments serve as skills classrooms for independent living, training in money management, self-care, nutrition, health and wellness, and household management. Each student will have maximum independence and choices including the opportunity to learn from mistakes in a safe environment.


Post-Secondary Education

  • STRIVE U collaborates with Purdue University Global to provide an education opportunity for students. Purdue University Global provides an Advisor/Coordinator for STRIVE U students to help them identify personal and academic goals and how to meet their goals through collegiate academics.



  • STRIVE U and its employment partners are 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 of employment opportunities focusing on areas in which students express interests. STRIVE U also provides extensive job preparation and training to complement work experience.



  • The transition process will take place throughout the students two years at STRIVE U. This will begin with enrollment, and the creation of a written transition plan, including goals set by the individual. Students will graduate with two certificates of completion and an official transcript from Purdue University Global. STRIVE U will also assist graduates with housing, employment support, and further connection for their community.


Please contact Bill Hughes for more information at or 207-774-6278.