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The THRIVE Community


In addition to support, THRIVE prides itself on offering opportunities to connect with other students on the spectrum and people/organizations in the Jacksonville community.


Please note that these are closed events and only currently active THRIVE students are eligible to attend.  THRIVE does have open events periodically, which you can learn more about when they are posted to THRIVE's official facebook page. 

Social Events Dr. Tara Rowe and THRIVE students at event

THRIVE's Student Leadership Council (SLC) plans and coordinates social group events for all members who want to attend, such as:

  • Game Afternoon: A bi-weekly event where students can come play video games, board games, card games, etc.
  • Movie Night: Also bi-weekly, students bring movies to the loung and vote on what to watch.
  • Beach Day: Jacksonville Beach is just down the road from campus, making it a perfect spot to cool down and have fun in the hot weather.

THRIVE does NOT pay for students to attend events or purchase food.  For events such as going to the movies, museums, arcades, etc. students are responsible for any costs to participate.

THRIVE does NOT offer transportation to these events.  Students in the program generally offer transportation to other students, but it is not guaranteed.


Once a week, students are invited to small group meetings where they can unwind and de-stress.  These meetings are required, but students are assigned to meeting times that do not conflict with their class schedules. 


In the Jacksonville Area

 Engaging in community opportunities such as volunteering, public speaking events, high school outreach, and other community involvement encourage THRIVE students to become active and contributing members of the surrounding Jacksonville area.  

Community Learning Opportunities

THRIVE student at community learning event

Each year, the SLC hosts, coordinates, and facilitates community learning opportunities where Jacksonville business and community members have the chance to meet and interact with THRIVE students in an educational and safe environment. Guests are provided the opportunity to hear firsthand what it is like to hire an individual with ASD, work alongside, and sometimes even work for an employer with ASD. In return, invited guests can provide students with firsthand information that will help prepare students for the work force and for pursuing competitive employment upon graduating from UNF.   


On campus, THRIVE has built and maintained successful partnerships with campus organizations, clubs, and departments including the counseling center, the LGBT center, Housing & Residence life, Greek life, the DRC, and the center for Academic Excellence.