Back to the beginning, how STRIVE Rocks got its start


    STRIVE Rocks

    SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- The nonprofit organization STRIVE serves tweens, teens and young adults with intellectual disabilities in South Portland.

    This weekend they’re hosting STRIVE ROCKS, a weekend full of fun to raise money for the organization.

    The weekend is very similar to the organization’s Friday night program which is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year.

    “It’s kind of amazing to sit here 20 years later and think how successful this is,” says Peter Brown Associate Director for STRIVE.

    It started in 2001. One Friday night they opened their doors at STRIVE for the first Friday night program and only four people came but now 20 years later dozens come every single week.

    “We probably have about anywhere from 30-50 people who come every Friday,” says Brown. “We have some that come every single Friday no matter what – some have skipped some birthday’s family weddings things like that because this is their event,” Brown says.

    It’s an event many won’t miss. Teens and adults ages 15 to 24 come to STRIVE for a night of fun.

    That includes shuffle board, fuse ball, arts and crafts and even dancing with a DJ.

    “It’s a chance to have that typical kind of teenage young adult Friday night and be able to meet friends and peers and have those relationships build and go back into the community,” says Brown.

    Jabrielle Solan of Westbrook says she goes every Friday and loves to play air hockey, fuse ball and dance.

    Austin Pietres of Scarborough loves playing games, talking and dancing as well.

    Nate Murray is a big fan of the snacks and drinks.

    No matter why you come out, it’s the people that keeps folks coming back week after week.

    “We like to be here for people who need us,” says Brown.

    Strive Rocks is taking place this weekend at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    STRIVE ROCKS all night will be happening in the evening.

    If you would like more information on the event or to make a donation, please CLICK HERE.

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