Please join us for a focus group meeting to discuss the iStrive program & planning on Wednesday, Feb. 28 7:00 – 8:15pm
at ACAP in Livingston, NJ. Please contact Lori Feigenbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-629-1002 to confirm you will attend, or with any questions.
iStrive, a Saturday program at ACAP, provides socialization, emotional development, and a career mentorship program, to help neurodiverse young adults overcome obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential in all areas. Emerging adults, age 21 and over, whose essential life skills mature in a nontraditional pattern are often considered to have plateaued simply because of chronological age. We disagree and want to encourage and promote the continued growth we know is possible. We do not want them to “fall off the cliff”, as is often described, once general educational services are no longer available. Our experience is that these valuable community members learn in divergent ways often sparked by emotional connectedness that coincides with the learning process and socialization opportunity. Our program provides this experiential platform combined with concrete skill building and self-advocacy training.
Equally important, we aim to provide a support and educational network for families. We recognize the commitment required to shepherd successful adulthood. Without support parents can suffer burnout facing the challenges of impersonal bureaucracies coupled with other family and work demands. iStrive offers opportunities for parents to succeed along with their adult children.
Career networking and community awareness building is an important part of our program. We have learned that is not just job finding that is needed. The businesses and corporations who bring these young adults into the workplace also need ongoing help to understand the best strategies for working successfully with them. With this interactive process individuals and industry can grow together creating productive and beneficial environments for all involved.
Please join us in developing this important resource.
See more at https://www.acapnj.org/istrive/