Dream BIG Career Camps

The DREAM BIG program strives to empower college and technical school-bound youth with disabilities to dream big about their future. The program aims to show students that they can do many things that their non-disabled peers can do, and they should not limit their career goals.

Apply in Two Easy Steps:

1. Complete the brief interest form below to receive a phone meeting. (A parent or guardian must be present during the meeting.)

2. Complete camp registration and attend an in-person interview with a parent or guardian.



Transition-aged youth with disabilities will spend each day of the week exploring careers at one of our partner companies and learn the necessary skills to attain them. Each week has a targeted career path.

June 1-5 | DREAM BIG Career Camp Week 1: Innovate

DREAM BIG: Innovate focuses on companies that offer careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.

June 15-19 |  DREAM BIG Career Camp Week 2: Hands-On

DREAM BIG: Hands-On focuses on trade and technical careers.

July 13-17 | DREAM BIG Career Camp Week 3: Endless Possibilities

DREAM BIG: Endless Possibilities focuses on STEM, trade, technical, and other various career opportunities.

Complete to learn more about a DREAM BIG Career Camp that interests you or your child.


  • The DREAM BIG Career Camp is a week-long day camp in which students will visit a different company each day.
  • Partner companies typically lead activities in the morning, and Starkloff Disability Institute’s staff leads programming in the afternoon hours.
  • Activities at the companies may include: a tour of the facility, interactive games, and discussions with hiring managers and other professionals.
  • Starkloff Disability Institute’s staff leads fun activities and cover topics like empowerment, disability acceptance, financial literacy, independent living, job and college applications practices, discussions on transitioning after high school, and self-advocacy.


Danforth Plant Science Center, Nestle Purina, Centene Corporation, Bi-State Development, Boeing, Riot Games, Cortex Innovation Community (CIC), St. Louis Community College, Bayer, Cigna, Wells Fargo, ClayCo Inc, Mercy Hospital, and more to be announced.


Is transportation provided? 

No. Students are required to arrange transportation to and from the camp site each day.  Arrival time is 8:30 a.m. and camp closing time is 4 p.m. each day.

Are meals provided? 

Yes. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day.

What is the dress code?

Business casual or camp t-shirt that will be provided.

Is there a fee to participate? 

Yes. The DREAM BIG Career Camp fee is $375, payable before the first day of camp. Scholarships based on financial need are available.

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