Low-income adolescents with sickle cell disease, an incurable genetic disorder predominantly affecting African Americans and Latinos, are among the most vulnerable youth living in urban centers. Due to long hospital stays, teens with sickle cell disease often miss weeks of school, compromising academic achievement, disrupting social networks, and causing isolation.
STRIVE is an afterschool program that helps overcome these issues through intensive one on one academic tutoring, mentoring, peer support, disease management education and medical self-advocacy training programs.
Teens are paired with college students who provide individualized support and guidance through weekly group sessions and hospital visits. Most STRIVE youth participate for the duration of their high school career, building meaningful and long-lasting relationships with their mentors.
The goal is to help teens manage their condition effectively so that they can successfully finish high school and realize their full potential.