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What is STRIVE?

STRIVE (Serving Together Reaching Integrity, Values & Engagement) Community is a living and learning community coordinated by the Butler Center for Service and Leadership and Pearson Residential College. Participants in the STRIVE program are committed to civic engagement, volunteer service and leadership endeavors. Residents participating in this highly selective community commit to a lifestyle of a number of service and leadership hours each week, a mentoring relationship and a number of shared experiences and campus programs.

"STRIVE to make something of yourself, then STRIVE to make the most of yourself." - Alexander Crummell

Why become a member of STRIVE?

When considering options for your on-campus housing, consider the new STRIVE Community for the 2016-2017 academic year! Beyond providing a place to live, the STRIVE Community is an innovative program where members demonstrate a commitment to community service and leadership.

Do you have a passion for service? Do you aspire to be the next great student leader on campus? We are looking for you! The STRIVE community provides you with a number of benefits. First-year participants will be paired with upperclassmen in a structured mentoring relationship to get on the fast track to student leadership and personal success. Students will have the opportunity to give back to the community through direct community service opportunities. Finally, students will have the opportunity to network with a number of faculty, staff, alumni, business and community leaders. Choose to distinguish yourself as a part of the STRIVE Community!

Members of STRIVE commit to:
  • Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at the University of Miami during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Attendance at all weekly STRIVE House Meetings, which take place from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 pm on Monday evenings. House Meetings occur weekly during the fall semester and bi-weekly during the spring semester.
  • Attendance at all STRIVE Service Days (held monthly on weekends), which generally begin at 9 AM and generally last until 2 PM, but are flexible depending on service day. Calendars will be provided upon acceptance to the community.
  • Full participation in a social issue group (STRIVE will be divided into four groups of 5-7 members each). This includes creating, planning, and executing a service initiative: selecting a community partner and volunteering with that partner on a monthly basis to alleviate a challenge faced by the surrounding community.
  • Each service initiative group’s planning of a large-scale spring semester service day for all STRIVE members to attend.
  • Full investment in the STRIVE Community including regular participation and attendance at all STRIVE meetings and events.
  • Participation in a reflection house meeting at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 STRIVE program.

    Where is STRIVE housed?

    Housed in Mahoney Residential College (6th Floor) at the University of Miami, upperclassmen participants will live in 2-bedroom, 4-person rooms. Freshman participants are not required to live in Mahoney Residential College.

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    The STRIVE selection process:

    Applications: Due Sept. 9, 2016 by 5:00 PM
    Interviews: Sept. 12 to 16, 2016

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    Freshman and upperclassmen applicants should complete the above application and bring a hard copy of the application to the Butler Center for Service and Leadership located at the Shalala Student Center Room 204. Upon turning in the application, please sign up for an interview.

    Overall, the STRIVE program allows participants to develop an increased sense of connection with people who share similar interests, as well as providing students with the necessary skills and tools to become catalysts for social change.

    If you have questions about STRIVE, you can contact the Butler Center at (305) 284-4483 or by email at leadandserve@miami.edu.