Strive U

Strive PSL Services
28 Foden Road
South Portland, ME 04106


The STRIVE Program of PSL Services is designed to address the many issues faced by young adults (ages 15-24) with disabilities. Areas that we focus on include: improving fundamental academic skills, developing leadership potential, improving economic opportunities through continuing education, enhancing or upgrading work skills, integrating literary and social skills into occupational/vocational opportunities, fostering career opportunities through education and training, and promoting peer support for parents and siblings of this young population.

The general long range goals for STRIVE as a whole include: To enable young adults to become a part of their community. To offer a wide array of resources to young adults and parents. To provide a safe place for young adults with disabilities. To provide a social setting for transitional teens and young adults. To build and foster peer support through a social atmosphere. To provide a sense of ownership. To provide an intro to computer technology for people with disabilities.

To educate and provide opportunities for high school aged mentors to learn from persons with disabilities. To begin literacy programs for persons with disabilities. To offer a resource library of post-secondary educational opportunities. To begin a job training and placement program. To assist parents in working with the established system. To have active student mentors working with this population. To do preventive work in the areas of smoking, drug, & alcohol abuse. To provide valuable life skills.


STRIVE U provides post-secondary education and training to young adults with developmental disabilities in the realms of residential, employment, and community skills with the goal of enabling its graduates to live and work as full community members with maximum independence, productivity, and dignity. STRIVE U is a comprehensive program aimed at teaching its students necessary skills to live independently in the community.

STRIVE U is founded on four main program areas:

  • Community Living-Living in an apartment with a roommate
  • Employment- learning valuable job skills through paid work experiences
  • Post-Secondary Education- Through a certificate program with USM
  • Transition- assuring the transition from STRIVE U into the community is successful and meaningful.        

(If you would like more information about STRIVE U or a campus tour, please contact Lisa Yanzer (207) 774-6278 or e-mail