STRIVE today is a national leader in helping individuals from underserved communities receive the training and support they need to obtain meaningful employment and achieve economic self sufficiency. Our mission is to help people acquire the life-changing skills and attitudes needed to overcome challenging circumstances, find sustained employment, and become valuable contributors to their families, their employers, and their communities. STRIVE's 70,000 graduates have shown that a job brings dignity, hope, and a brighter future.
With more than 33% of young high school graduates unemployed or underemployed, there is growing agreement that more needs to be done to help young adults enter the workforce. Nationwide, one quarter of those enrolled in STRIVE’s Career Pathways services are aged 18-24.
In addition, in 2015 STRIVE launched STRIVE Future Leaders, a new program designed especially for use with STRIVE clients age 24 and under. The program was developed in collaboration with MDRC and the Youth Development Institute, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
STRIVE Future Leaders is currently being used by 10 STRIVE sites implementing U.S. Department of Labor-funded programs for justice-involved youth living in high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods. Research shows that having an arrest decreases employment opportunities more than any other employment-related stigma, and STRIVE Future Leaders helps youth overcome this barrier.
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