What is the S.T.R.I.V.E. Program

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S.T.R.I.V.E. Stands for: “Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education”
S.T.R.I.V.E. is a program for high school seniors who have faced some academic challenges, but want to make the most of their last year of high school. Students who choose to participate in S.T.R.I.V.E. are matched with an adult mentor from the Cadillac Rotary Club. Mentors are not tutors, but are there to offer support, encouragement and assistance.
This is a student driven program that is facilitated by Rotarians. Students and mentors meet once a month for about 50 minutes during the school day and talk about how school is going and what their plans are for the future. Meetings also include presentations on topics relevant to life after high school – college, careers, finances, etc. The goal is for students to improve their grades and develop a plan for their future.
The S.T.R.I.V.E. Program is FUN, INTERACTIVE, and often involves each and every Rotarian. We want our communities graduates to be Successful, Productive members of society and we can't accomplish this goal without your support.  Thank you!

When did the S.T.R.I.V.E. Program begin?

S.T.R.I.V.E. was invented in District 5960 by Rotarian Don Mooney of the White Bear Lake Rotary Club. Don decided during the 1993-94 school year to do something to assist in the educational development of the high school youth in his community. This was an opportunity for Don and the Rotary Club to "give back" to the youth.
The Rotary Club of Cadillac started their  Strive Program in 1995 and has continued through the dedication of several key Rotarians and CAPS staff.
Rotarians often hear about young people who were in the program say how the S.T.R.I.V.E. program has impacted their lives. One girl wrote: My parents said I was a loser, I believed I was a loser, My friends new I was a loser. But Rotary S.T.R.I.V.E. didn’t.  They believed in me!

S.T.R.I.V.E. Scholarships

The Rotary Club of Cadillac awards scholarship(s) to three student(s) annually who demonstrate the most improvement during his/her senior year. The review criteria are based on improvement in the four focal points of the S.T.R.I.V.E. Program.
Since S.T.R.I.V.E. is a voluntary program, the student and the parent(s) are asked to sign a commitment form.
Once enrolled in the S.T.R.I.V.E. program, the students are encouraged to improve in these four focal points:
  • Attendance
  • Attitude​
  • GPA
  • Participation
NOTE: Only students who sign the commitment form are eligible to participate beyond the 2nd STRIVE meeting.

We thank you for your support of the Rotary Club of Cadillac's S.T.R.I.V.E. Program.

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