Registration for NFBU Project STRIVE 2022 coming soon.

If you would like to receive emails about upcoming Project strive events send us an email at and let us know.

Or call or text Cheralyn Creer or Barbie Elliott (see below)

Registration for Project Strive is free and helps us serve each participant more effectively. Go to:

Mission Statement:

The aim of Project STRIVE is to instill hope, build confidence, and provide mentorship to Blind youth ages 13 to 26.  Our ultimate goal is to ensure their successful transition to becoming contributing and self-reliant members of society. We seek to accomplish our mission by providing one-on-one mentoring with Blind peers and adults and by holding regularly scheduled activities including discussions on attitudes about Blindness, presentations from competent blind adults, and opportunities for college and career preparation. In everything we do, Project STRIVE is dedicated to the success of the individual and to the promotion of a positive attitude about Blindness.

STRIVE stands for Successful Transition Requires Independence, Vocation & Education.

Project STRIVE meets the second Saturday of each month. We organized a statewide carpool system to increase attendance and use mentors to help participants learn how to use public transportation to get to activities.

We also sponsor programs that require applications to attend, if you contact our email list, these applications along with information about each month’s activities will be mailed to you along with deadlines and instructions. These programs include:

  • Washington Seminar: Each year we take some participants to Washington D.C. for the NFB’s Washington Seminar.
  • National Convention for the NFB: each summer in July we take some participants to the national convention, this year it will be in Orlando.
  • Junior Mentorships: We also offer paid positions for some participants to work as peer or JR. mentors, some work during the school year to help plan and implement activities, others work for 2 weeks in the summer with the young children 12 and under at the BELL Academy.
  • Summer Internships: For the older participants we offer an 8 week internship program where participants work in a career related job and gain real work experience along with mentorship from blind professionals.
  • Incentives and Goal Setting: This program offers rewards for setting goals specifically related to blindness skills. Goals can be large or small, and the Project Strive Team is there to mentor and help you on your way to success.

For more information on how to get involved with Project STRIVE, contact Cheralyn Creer or Barbie Elliott, Project Strive Program Co-Directors:

Project Strive Program Co-Directors:

Cheralyn Creer, M.Ed. Special Education

Barbie Elliott: Home Management Instructor at DSBVI

Project STRIVE Instructors:

Tara Briggs
Willie Black

You can live the life you want – blindness is not what holds you back!