9200 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
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MERISTEM is a unique transitional program for young adults (18-28) on the autism spectrum, focused on developing the self awareness and self confidence needed to live as independently as possible.
Through individualized learning programs that include practical arts, land work, and arts and media, students transform a range of materials and in doing so, transform themselves.
MERISTEM’s flagship Sacramento campus opened in 2014 and is located on 13 beautiful acres near the American River in Fair Oaks. The three year program offers students opportunities to create beautiful artifacts that they gift or sell, to grow and produce food that is used in the on-site café and residences, and to work in the culinary arts, landscaping and other service and retail industries.
With MERISTEM’s emphasis on community life, students are encouraged to develop the social skills necessary to contribute to the wider community.
The real world is our classroom.
The three-year day and residential program uses a contemporary apprenticeship model to develop contextualized, transferable skills to transition young adults into work life. Students learn in highly personalized ways. Learning is individualized, structured, and self-directed.
A proven method.
The MERISTEM method is inspired by the work of the Ruskin Mill Trust in England. Ruskin Mill has a 35 year history serving generations of students with autism across the United Kingdom. More than 70% of graduates transition into higher education, vocational training, or employment.
A central aspect of the MERISTEM method involves preparing students for life after graduation. Throughout the three-year program, students build skills to enter the workplace or higher education. Many will work independently, others with assistance, but each graduate leaves with a greater sense of self-reliance.
Entering the workforce is a hallmark of the program. Our transition-to-work program develops vocational skills through work experience. Students grow and sell food from the campus farm, work in the culinary arts center, the campus café, or bookstore. With MERISTEM’s emphasis on community life, we seek opportunities to partner with local businesses for work placements and internships. We help graduates find work in the community or enter college.
A place to live, learn and grow.
Our flagship campus is located on 13 beautiful acres in Sacramento, California near the American River. MERISTEM consists of visual and practical arts classrooms, a working farm, a performing arts auditorium, outdoor fields, academic classrooms, an equine center, student café, bookstore, and residential living areas.
The Independent Living Center is the home to our residential students. Each suite contains
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, living room, and an outdoor patio or balcony.
Guiding our future.
Our board of trustees and leadership team provide guidance, governance and oversight for Meristem’s mission, operations and program effectiveness.