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Columbia, MO 65211


Self-Determined Transition Readiness Through Individual Vocational Experiences (STRIVE)


STRIVE is a post-secondary education program offering two semesters of non-credit employment skills development at the University of Missouri for 18- to 30-year-olds with autism or a similar diagnosis.

Thanks to generous private and public support, the $8,000 program cost per student is reduced to only $3,000. With that investment, STRIVE participants will receive 300 hours of skill instruction, 60 hours of mentorship and up to 300 hours of work experience during the 2 semester program. Some financial assistance is available by completing this application.

We are currently planning to offer the 2022-2023 STRIVE cohort in person on the University of Missouri Campus with the understanding that should the situation with Covid-19 change, STRIVE staff will communicate necessary changes with participants and families. All STRIVE participants must be fully vaccinated and submit their vaccination card prior to beginning the program.  

Prepare for the Future with STRIVE’s 3 Pillars:

Admission Requirements:

Application Materials:

Ready to set yourself up for success? Apply now to begin fall semester 2022. Spots are limited.

Questions? Contact Jaclyn Benigno | | (573)882-2077