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STRIVE is a community-based transition program for young adults with disabilities ages 18 to 22 years old. Young adults will spend most of their day developing independent living, social, and employment skills. Young adults will also participate in community-based work experiences based on their strengths, interests, and preferences. Each young adult’s program will be individualized based on their unique needs and the decisions made at the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings.

Our Location

116 East Main Street
Clinton, CT 06413


Vision Statement

Young adults will reach their potential to obtain meaningful jobs, live independently, maintain friendships, and participate as active citizens in their community.

Mission Statement

The STRIVE Program partners with local school districts, families, young adults, state agencies, and community resources to provide comprehensive transition planning and services. STRIVE prepares young adults for post-secondary life by assisting them in realizing their potential, addressing their needs, and meeting goals related to daily living, career planning, and opportunities for adult learning.

What STRIVE Does

  • Facilitate communication and connections among any and all resources that can support young adults to reach their goals.
  • Provide young adults with real-life opportunities, experiences, and community connections that foster independence.
  • Teach young adults self-advocacy skills, vocational and social skills.
  • Help young adults become confident, independent, and interconnected in their community.

Our Program Components

  • Young adults are educated in community-based and vocational setting.
  • Instruction includes independent living, social-pragmatic problem-solving, and employment skill.
  • Each young adult participates in a community-based work experience.
  • Recreational activities and socialization experiences for young adults are included.

A Division of Student Services

CREC’s Student Services Division collaborates with Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to develop and implement programs on a regional level.

To get in touch with us, or to learn more about the services we offer, please contact Assistant Director of Student Services Kimberly Mearman at or 860-524-4025

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