Self-Determined Transition Readiness Through Individual Vocational Experiences (STRIVE)
STRIVE is an innovative post-secondary education and independence program at the University of Missouri tailored specifically for 18-to-30-year-olds with autism or similar diagnoses.
With a focus on non-credit employment and life skills development, STRIVE offers two semesters of comprehensive training, empowering individuals to thrive in various aspects of life. Through our specialized curriculum and supportive environment, we foster growth, independence, and a future full of opportunities.
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 two-semester program.
Some financial assistance is available by completing this application.
Prepare for the future with STRIVE’s 3 pillars:
Direct skill instruction led by staff from the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment
Job experience and coached feedback
Peer mentoring for participants; parent support for caregivers
Contact Jaclyn Benigno at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 882-2077