image012The Mission of STRIVE: 

To explore and provide pre-vocational, vocational, and transitional services to students with disabilities.


  • Facilitate and support career planning, job placement, and transitional services
  • Utilize functional, age-appropriate employment training models
  • Facilitate collaboration among students, families, schools, social service agencies, and community resources
  • Empower students to determine their futures through informed goal-directed decision-making
  • Assist and motivate students to develop their potential as successful employees and citizens
  • Align the appropriate adult linkages before students leave high school
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STRIVE Career Preparation

STRIVE team members work with students to complete the following activities:

  • Career profiles
  • Work readiness skill development
  • Industry site visits
  • Mock-interviews and job coaching
  • Vocational evaluations
  • Job Placement

STRIVE supports students through the application, interview, and hiring process. In addition, team members work with students and employers to ensure that students are supported and working towards meeting the requirements of their job.

Accessing Community Resources

STRIVE staff help students develop three main areas outside the job itself: commuting to the vocational experience, money skills, and self-advocacy.

Commuting to the Vocational Experience

CCFs and CFCs teach students to access public transportation. They assist eligible students in planning their route to work, purchasing a fare, and traveling safely from home to work. CCFs may also assist students in the Access Pass application process.

Money Skills

CCFs  help  students  to  understand  the  importance  of  money  skills, establishing a budget, and setting up and using a bank account.

image016Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination

STRIVE staff believe that two of the most important job skills are self-advocacy and self-determination. STRIVE is currently working to improve these skills by collaborating with the IMPACT:Ability Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These organizations have made grant funding available to focus on safety, self-defense, self-advocacy, and self-determination skills for students with unique needs.

Employment / Job Development

STRIVE works with students to establish personal goals. Team members then serve as a coach to help identify opportunities that best meet both the established goals and the abilities of each student.

Read more on the STRIVE Worksites page.

Transitional Program

To meet the individual needs for each student, STRIVE staff work closely with each high school’s special education office to help develop appropriate transitional plans. Staff members help in the planning process to prepare students for their departure from the Boston Public Schools.

Five Phases of STRIVE

stepsSTRIVE staff work with students based on their Individual Education Plans (IEP). Their work is tailored to the individual needs of students; therefore, students may not participate in all of the steps within each of the following stages.

Phase 1 – Intake & Relationship Building
• Conduct interest survey
• Begin one-on-one counseling
• Determine appropriate adult agency alignment

Phase 2 – Whole Life Planning
• Personal Life Coaching
• Support team identification
• 688 referrals
• IEP meeting participation
• Family involvement

Phase 3 – Commuter Training
• Use of public transportation system to travel to vocational sites
• Street safety (IMPACT:Ability)
• Registration for MBTA “The Ride” to travel to vocational sites
• Registration for MBTA Transportation
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Phase 4 – Action Plan Implementation
• Adult agency referral
• Job development & placement
• Job application & interview skill development

Phase 5 – Post Secondary Transition
• Resume development
• Transition planning
• Post-secondary options exploration
• Adult agency placement
• Employment