Identify, plan, and achieve your life goals.

The St. Louis Arc provides support to assist individuals in identifying and achieving their goals. Whether your goals are to live independently, find employment, or to just start thinking about the future, we are here to support you. Additionally, we understand this can be a challenging transition for family members and are available to offer guidance through this process.

Launchlearning social skills

Launch is designed for teens and young adults, age 16-25, who are interested in taking the next step toward their future. Launch is a program for individuals who:

  • Have a goal of living independently, continuing education, building relationships, or connecting with the community.
  • Need minimal support
  • Motivated to achieve set goals
  • Independently navigate resources

This program offers a combination of one-on-one coaching sessions and group classes to identify and work toward an individual’s goals. Through Launch, individuals will enhance their interpersonal and self-management skills in order to achieve goals in the areas of relationship development, education, employment, and independent living.

Launch is composed of 5 classes and 5 one-on-one coaching sessions per month. Classes may include topics such as money management,  managing your own household, social skills, and apartment cooking.  One-on-One coaching sessions will provide the opportunity for individuals to touch base on set goals while reviewing keys skills such as time management and organization.

To learn more about the Launch program, contact Gabrielle Szarek, Director of Transition Services, at 314-817-2255.

Employment Options For Young Adults

Building skills during our teen summer programs, volunteering in your community, or building a resume to find a job, the St. Louis Arc offers services to help guide you as you plan for the future.

Summer Programs

Summer work experience opportunities for teens.

Employment and Training

Build employment skills with Pre-Employment Training, or start exploring competitive employment with job discovery, exploration, development, coaching, and retention.

Community Engagement

Community Integration Services provides daily support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so they can become active participants in their community.


For additional information or resources on transitioning to adulthood, contact Gabrielle Szarek, Director of Transition Services, at 314-817-2255.