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Dream Big Information & FAQs

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.

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Please select "yes" for any that apply

WHAT TO EXPECT AT DREAM BIG CAREER CAMP

  • 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.

PAST DREAM BIG CAREER CAMP PARTNER COMPANIES HAVE INCLUDED: 

Danforth Plant Science Center, Nestle Purina PetCare, Washington University School of Occupational Therapy, Fleishman Hillard, Missouri History Museum, Monsanto (Bayer), Centene Corporation, Bi-State Development, Boeing, Express Scripts, Riot Games, Cortex Innovation Community (CIC), Microsoft @ CIC, St. Louis Community College Culinary Arts Program, and Launchcode.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

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?

Each student will be provided with two DREAM BIG Career Camp shirts at the beginning of the week. They shirts should be worn each day unless otherwise instructed.

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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