Courage to Succeed Blog

C2S Invites You to a Screening of “Life, Animated”

My name is Paul C. Switzer, I am a member of the Courage to Succeed program, which is a part of UMFS.

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Moving Towards Independent Living

My name is Spencer and I am currently enrolled with Courage to Succeed. Courage to Succeed helped me with my independent skills to such an extent that I wanted to try and live independently from my parents. To do this I started living at Richmond House, a program that provides transitional housing and community support […]

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Reverse Career Fair Participants Network with Local Businesses

Courage to Succeed students are gearing up for their summer internship program! Select students participated in the 2018 Reverse Career Fair in collaboration with 804RVA, a coworking space that connects and inspires freelancers, startups, remote workers and non profit professionals. Courage to Succeed students prepared by polishing their resumes and business cards, learning about professional attire, […]

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C2S Students Raise Money through a Holiday Market

Courage to Succeed students created holiday crafts and home goods to raise money for an advocacy project that they are organizing for the spring. So far, students raised over $150 of the $250 needed to buy the screening rights to Life, Animated, a documentary by Roger Ross Williams. This documentary highlights the experience of a young […]

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The Courage to Succeed and a Penchant for Repairs

When asked what types of jobs interest him, the response was enthusiastic and immediate. “Fixer. Repairman. Handyman. Mechanic,” said Reed, a student in UMFS’s Courage to Succeed program, which helps students with autism or other neurological differences work toward a college degree, find work in their chosen field and ultimately learn to live independently.   “I […]

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Recycling at UMFS

Reed, a Courage to Succeed student, has taken on the responsibility of collecting recycling for the entire UMFS campus this summer. He has also created an information sheet that specifies which types of items are recyclable to improve UMFS sustainability efforts. Hear more about Reed’s experience below: “The job that I have been doing for […]

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My First Impressions of Courage to Succeed

My name is Jake. I joined Courage to Succeed (C2S) to help improve my social skills and to learn about independent living skills.

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Seeking Employment Initiative (S.E.I.) Helps Students Envision a Future Career

During the 2017 Spring semester, select Courage to Succeed students participated in a group called S.E.I. This group helped students explore career options through job site visits and classroom-based instruction about job skills. VCU interns Claire McDonough and Deja Spratley organized and led this group as a part of their final semester with the Courage […]

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Game On! Game and Donut Day at C2S

Courage to Succeed students celebrated Mardi Gras by organizing a Game and Donut Day for UMFS staff and students. From mario kart to chess, students brought all sorts of games to play and share. Ironclad Coffee Roasting generously offered a donation of coffee for the event, and of course it would not be “Game and […]

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Courage to Succeed Interest Luncheon

The Courage to Succeed program is hosting a free Interest Luncheon on February 18th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Charterhouse School auditorium at UMFS.

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