Trailblazer Academy

A STARability™ experiential vocational training and life skills learning program

Trailblazer Academy Schedule

Date: Monday through Friday

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Cost: Call our office for pricing.

Scholarships are available.

Location: Meet at STARability offices at 9:00am.  Activities take place throughout the community.  Transportation is provided from the STARability office to area locations.

CLICK HERE to download the 2018-2019 Trailblazer Academy Yearly Calendar

About Trailblazer Academy

STARability Foundation™ a 501(c)(3), launched the Trailblazer Academy to address an unmet need in Collier County, for a full-time, post-high school program for young adults with intellectual (ID) and developmental (DD) disabilities. Trailblazers is a community-based program that combines vocational training at area businesses, employment readiness, independent living skills, academic education, health and fitness, and art enrichment experiences in an all-in-one curriculum.

Blazing a Trail for Inclusion

Trailblazer Academy’s program instructors work with the participants daily:

• Coaching job skills at diverse work sites
• Assessing their unique skills
• Measuring levels of independence for employment readiness

The experience of vocational training and commuting as a group also unifies the participants. The social interactions, confidence-building, Trailblazer-to-Trailblazer support, and teamwork enhance the experience and connect them to the community.

Filling a Community Gap

The Trailblazer Academy fills a gap in disability services by providing daily vocational training and education for individuals18 years and older with ID/DD who have aged out of school services. It gives these participants exposure to the world of work and allows them to experience diverse jobs and businesses as well as discover how they can contribute through their unique abilities.

Accomplishing Goals

Participants can accomplish what they otherwise might think impossible:

• Hands-on training for jobs
• Life skills development
• Independency
• A sense of purpose and pride
• A community connection

“The Trailblazer Academy has opened up a world for my daughter. She is learning valuable vocational skills, has made new friends and is encouraged to try new things that typical people experience. Her opportunities are now endless and she feels worthwhile and fulfilled.”

– Joy, parent of a Trailblazer Academy participant

Community Collaboration

Built on community partnerships with a variety of local businesses and nonprofits, the Trailblazer Academy offers on-site vocational training and exposure to the world-of-work for participants. With help from employees, volunteers, and diverse businesses the participants are active and engaged with customers, employees, and volunteers on a daily basis. Through this program they are ”leading the way” in the community.

Get Involved

Your support can help change lives. By donating, sponsoring and/or volunteering, you are making
a difference. Contact for partnership opportunities.

Vocational Partners

Conservancy SWFL
Guadalupe Resale

Humane Society

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