Dream Big

Empowering College-Bound Students with Disabilities

With Dream Big, teens and kids imagine life beyond school. Through career exploration and curriculum focused on building disability confidence and self-advocacy skills, we show students that having a disability doesn’t mean settling for less. Get in touch with us for details about summer camps and academic year programs for students and parents!

NEW THIS YEAR: our final week will be an experience for middle school students (6th-8th grade) with disabilities to discover career possibilities and learn about disability pride and history!

2023 Summer Camp Schedule

Students will spend each morning exploring careers with one of our partner companies and afternoons building independent living skills with our staff who are successful professionals and college students with disabilities themselves.

At Home: June 5-9 (Virtual Only; High School Students)

This session is exclusively held on Zoom.Companies include: FleishmanHillard, Boeing, BJC, Cannon Design, and Edward Jones.

Innovate: June 26-30 (In Person; High School Students)

STEM Week with: HOK, Bayer, Wells Fargo, Mercy, and Riot Games.

Hands-On: July 10-14 (In Person; High School Students)

Companies include: Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis Community College Workforce Solutions Group, McCarthy, Clayco, Ameren.

Endless Possibilities: July 24-28 (In Person; 6th-8th Graders and High School Students)

“Adulting with a Disability” curriculum is tailored specifically for each age group! Companies include: Bi-State, Regions Bank, Purina, Millipore Sigma, and SSM Health.

What to expect at Dream Big Career Camp

Intensive focus on showcase careers in a variety of fields, including STEM

Instruction in self-advocacy, independence, goal-setting, college prep, and much more

Increased confidence, marketable skills, and new friendships for life

Immersive games and activities led by camp partner companies and counseling staff

Dream Big Swag Bag full of prizes prior to the start of camp!

Start Your Journey Today!

Download a brochure and request a Camp application

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Dream Big cost?

The camp fee varies by week. Scholarships are available for any families with need.

How is Dream Big being facilitated?

Dream Big will be hosted via Zoom for the first week of camp. All other weeks will take place in person.

Have other questions?

Contact Danielle Giuffrida at dgiuffrida@starkloff.org or (314) 588-7090.

Funding Partners

Thank you to our generous sponsors who help make Dream Big Career Camp and Career Club possible:

Bi-State Development
Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis
Cannon Design
Centene Foundation
Edward Jones
FleishmanHillard logo
Missouri Botanical Garden
Visit Nestle Purina's careers page.
Regions Foundation website
United Way Greater St. Louis
Wells Fargo