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STRIVE (Southern Transition Real-World and Independent Vocational Education)

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Contact

Heather Cymbala
Assistant Director of Student Services
hcymbala@crec.org
(860) 509-3732

Location

116 East Main Street map
Clinton, CT 06413
(860) 664-5344

About STRIVE (Southern Transition Real-World and Independent Vocational Education)

The STRIVE Program is a community-based program for students with disabilities ages 18 to 21 years old. Students will spend a portion of their day developing independent living, social, and employment skills. The students will also participate in a community-based work experiences based on their strength's, interests, and preferences. Each student's program will be individualized based on their unique needs and the decisions made at the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings.

Vision Statement

All STRIVE students will reach their full potential to obtain meaningful jobs, live as independently as possible, maintain friendships and participate as active citizens in their community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the STRIVE Program, in partnership with the families, students, agencies and community resources, is to provide comprehensive transition services that will prepare students to reach their full potential and transition to post-secondary education, employment, independence and an active community life.

The STRIVE Program will:

  • Facilitate communication and connections among any and all resources that can support students to reach their goals;
  • Provide students with enrichment opportunities, experiences and community connections to foster independence;
  • Provide students with academic, vocational and social skills instruction;
  • Meet the students' unique needs;
  • Teach students self-advocacy skills, and
  • Help students become confident, independent, and interconnected in their community.

Program components:

  • Students will be educated in a community-based setting.
  • Instruction will include independent living skills, social skills, and employment skills.
  • Each student will participate in a community-based work experience.
  • Recreational activities and socialization experiences for the students will be included.
  • When applicable, students will use public transportation to get to and from work from the STRIVE program location.

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