We work with people with disabilities ages 18 to 22, not only because it matches the age range of our volunteers, but also because it is the last period of time in which people with disabilities are funded for individually tailored education under the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We aim to help our mentees graduate with a high school diploma equivalent if it is within their reach, and to develop skills that ease communication and interactions with caretakers.
Where do we go?
StRIVE works with five different TRACE classes weekly. Classroom sites that we serve at are located in Miramar, Mira Mesa, Linda Vista, Liberty Station, and Clairemont. We have also partnered with ARC at San Diego at their "Our Place" site. Our traditional classrooms take place once a week 1:30pm-3:30pm, and each UCSD student attends a classroom each quarter. We hold mandatory meetings every other weekend, in which our coaches plan the weekly lessons.
What do we teach, and why?
We teach students valuable lessons regarding self-advocacy, health, and vocational skills. For example: our health lessons aim to raise health awareness in the students, providing them with resources to speak up and take care of their health needs.