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March 1, 2017
Happy STRIVE Rocks Month!

Join us March 11th-12th for STRIVE Rocks!

Join us for STRIVE Rocks 2017!

March has finally arrived, and we could not be more excited for STRIVE Rocks. As the next two weeks wind down, here is some useful information about our most popular event.

We are excited to announce that we will be having a Crack the Safe contest- your chance to win $50,000! All participants of STRIVE Rocks All Night will have the chance to play!

As the big event is approaching, we'd like to take the time to thank Hannaford Supermarkets for their incredibly generous donations and commitment to STRIVE! They will keep us well fed all day and all night- thank you for all you d o!

If you still have not signed up to participate, have no fear! 
To check out any and all information about STRIVE Rocks, head to and see what it's all about.
Ready to register? Great! Head to 
and begin fundraising today.

If you already plan on attending, here's some important information we think you should know!

Friday March 10th: 
Come pick up your packet here at STRIVE, beginning at 3pm. Later on, come and join us for our annual Pasta Party, hosted by our STRIVE Rocks Committee, to load up on carbs before the big night! The Pasta Party will begin at 6pm. Additionally, if you are between the ages of 15-24, you are also welcome to come and stay until 9pm for STRIVE Night, which will include the 10$ admission fee. If if it is your first STRIVE Night, it's free! 

Saturday, March 11th
STRIVE Rocks All Day begins bright and early! Doors open at 10am, for an unforgettable day of music, games, dancing, activities and more! Tickets are $15 at the door, $5 for children, and children 3 years or younger are free!
STRIVE Rocks All Night- doors open at 7pm! Please have all of your registration forms ready and on hand at sign-in! 

Deepest thanks to our STRIVE Rocks Sponsors:
Title Sponsor: Wex
Presenting Sponsors:  MEMIC, Anthem Blue Cross, Cross Insurance
Gold Sponsors: Idexx, Kiwanis, Martin's Point
Silver Sponsors: Rowe Westbrook, Town & Country, KFC, Northeast Delta Dental
Media Sponsors: Coast 93.1, WGME
Major In-Kind Gifts: Hannaford, Blast Party Rental, Coca-Cola of Southern ME, Get Air!, UPS, The Maine Mall, Yogibo

For More on STRIVE Rocks
Stefanie Millette at or call (207)-774-6278.
                       March at STRIVE U
March is a very busy and exciting time on the STRIVE U campus. STRIVE U will begin to host prospective students overnight throughout the month of March. This is a part of the STRIVE U application process. The campus plans to host selected applicants who hope to attend STRIVE U! Each week the staff and students will meet two prospective students. One applicant arrives on a Monday afternoons and another arrives on a Wednesday afternoons. When the applicants arrive on campus, they will complete several "Mock Goals". These "Mock Goals" include creating a menu plan and grocery list, budgeting a sum of money, grocery shopping and creating a meal with STRIVE U staff. They are encouraged to engage in a social activity in the student lounge with current students during the evening. The activities may include puzzles, board games and playing Wii! The student then spends the night in a current students' apartment. The following morning, they attend a class at Kaplan University. This is a wonderful opportunity for the prospective students to gain a perspective of what life on campus is like. Both STRIVE U staff and students are very eager and excited to meet the prospective students!  For more information about STRIVE U or to schedule a tour, please contact Bill Hughes, STRIVE U Admissions Coordinator, at   207-774-6278 or

        Fridays 6-9pm

March is shaping up to be a  great month for STRIVE nights! We will be having TWO theme nights again this month! Join us  Friday, March 17th  for St. Patrick's Day theme night, and Friday March 31st for April Fools!

We are also beginning planning a Sensory Friendly STRIVE Night to be held once a month. This will begin in April, and we will have a date for you soon!

We had a great time at our two February theme nights! Valentine's Day was a big hit, and Hollywood Night presented by Take Action Portland was a grand night for all! Here are some photos of the fun we had.

Friday Nights at STRIVE, fondly referred to as "STRIVE Night", is a relaxed but fun evening of socialization for 15-24 year olds. New members welcome, and your first night is free!   For more information, contact Olivia at
 or 207-774-6278.

Tune Into Tweens
Fridays 3:30-5:30

Tweens is one of our fastest-growing programs. Here is what we have in store for this month:

March 3rd- PSO Petting Zoo!
March 10th - Fun with UNUM!
March 17th - St. Paddy's Party!
March 24th - Lego Day!
March 31st - Ice cream party!


Tweens is a  safe and fun environment to build new skills and friendships  for 11-14 year olds with developmental disabilities. For more information, contact Michaila McCloskey at m or call (207)774-6278.
Big News at Bayside

Over the past month we have been putting a lot of focus on riding the bus! Bayside participants have been choosing and mapping their own routes and are learning bus etiquette. Participants have started learning the routes so well they are pulling the cord to stop the bus without any help from staff! Some places we have visited on the bus are Five Guys in South Portland, the Metro Pulse, a pizza place near a new participant's home, and more! 

Bayside also had a superstar participant, Nick, graduate in February after three years in the program! We are so proud of him and excited for his future endeavors.

STRIVE Bayside is a unique community supports program that is dedicated to exploring and increasing independence. A sample of goals we work on are grocery shopping, budgeting, cleaning, navigating the community, cooking and social skills. We run five days a week, Monday through Friday and have two daily sessions, 9:00-1:00and 1:00- 5:00. We offer full time (Monday- Friday) and part time (Tuesday, Thursday -or- Monday, Wednesday, Friday) options. We operate out of an apartment in downtown Portland to simulate actual apartment living. We currently have openings in our morning and afternoon sessions. If you would like more information about our program, or to schedule a tour please contact: Caroline Cole at 899-1725 or

The News from Next Step

While in Next STEP, we are always working on skills to become more independent, so in this month we started on a program called "JOBS." In this program, the Next STEPpers  have a job each day that they are in the program and they each need to be responsible to complete their job by the end of the day.  With this new program the Next STEPpers are learning how to be more independent and have more responsibility!

For curriculum we are learning about money management and saving money. Last month we started on a budget for Next STEP where we had $30 for the week budgeted that we use for program expenses like buying food for Snack Lab and Food Lab or art supplies. Whatever money is left over from that budgeted amount has been put into our "savings account". So far, we have saved $67.38. The money that we save will go a fun activity that the Next STEPpers will choose. We are great savers! 

Update from TOPS
Do you recycle?
This month starts the Maine Recycling Championship Competition. TOPS is officially enrolled in the competition and they need your help!  If you use any bottles or cans and think you could fill a CLYNK bag, please swing by STRIVE or our Central Office to pick one up.  If you already have CLYNK Bags, TOPS will gladly send you a few "bag tag" stickers!
Haven't heard of CLYNK?   CLYNK is a program through Hannaford that is a simplified redemption center.  It is very simple; fill a designated green CLYNK bag with bottles and cans, add a "bag tag" sticker to identify which account it goes into, and bring the ba g to your local Hannaford.  At Hannaford, you will find a CLYNK drop off area where you just scan the sticker and drop your bag.  The bottles and cans are counted later and the funds are added to your Hannaford account.  In this case, the funds go toward our compe tition and Hannaford will match every $1.00 raised with $0.50!   Our students are working hard to spread the word and have set a goal to collect 500 bags!
If you would like to see what TOPS is up to every week and read a little more about TOPS, please email Kelly Frey to be added to the Weekly TOPS Newsletter,
STRIVE TOPS serves students from school districts in the southern Maine who are in their 13th or 14th year of school. If you have questions or would like more information about TOPS, please contact Betsy Morrison at (207)774-6278 or 

After School Info

Staff Update: STRIVE TOPS Lead Teacher Kelly Frey will be heading up our After School Program moving forward! For more information please contact Kelly at  or (207) 774-6278.

STRIVE's After School Program provides an 
opportunity  for  students  to participate in an engaging extension of their typical  school  day that reflects their ind ividual, family and school goals.  During each afternoon, students work on skills that support self-determination and independence.  After School runs Monday through Friday from 2pm-5pm during each student's respective school district schedule.  
Wednesday Night Educational Classes
Select Wednesdays, 6-8pm

In March we will be continuing our
Transitioning to Independent Living Series. February's classes had us off to a great start, and we can't wait to continue! The rest of the series will take place on March 1st, March 15th, March 22nd, and March 29th.

This series helps provide teens and young adults with the basics skills that come with living independently. Highlights include: intro to independent living from STRIVE's Transition Specialist, meal planning, cleaning basics and personal care, intro to guardianship, and protective self-defense with Prevention. Action. Change.   Cost of this special 2 month series is $30.  We hope to see you there!

Upoming Series (April): Computer

Register with Michaila at 207-774-6278 or  m m  . 

Happy Birthday to the following STRIVE Members!

Evan Caron
Kenneth Maxfield
William Duhamel
Desiree Mccroy
Marie Christie
Michael Giasson
Charles Ramses
Nicholas St. John
Michael Laughlin
Zihao Huang
Edward Wickwire
Forest Leavitt
Glorimari Machicote
Carley Chapman
Cory Hutchins
Austin Pietras
Andrew Jenkins
Jordan Curtis
Taylor Geiger
Kait Patterson
Nava Aryan
Cal Mahoney
Bradley Barker
Dylan Perreault
Thank You to Our Donors

-          United Way of Eastern Maine
-          Bank of America
-          Raymond & Dorothy Kilcoyne in Memory of Ruth                      Frawley
-          Greely High School
-          TJX Foundation
-          United Way of Midcoast Maine
-          Jean Riccardelli
-          Dawn Baumer & Rosie Hartzler
-          Anonymous  

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