From the basement of an East Harlem housing project in 1984, STRIVE was founded to tackle the chronic unemployment in New York City. Our groundbreaking approach of intensive attitudinal training and long-term support proved to be an extraordinarily successful model for helping people stuck in poverty gain sustained employment and transform their lives.
Over the following decades, we honed a unique workforce model and matured as an organization, scaling up through our flagship site in East Harlem and through partner organizations and cities across the nation. Since inception, STRIVE has prepared more than 75,000 people for success at work and in life, gaining national recognition for our programs and an exceptional job placement rate of 70%.
STRIVE is now the nation’s leading solution for people who face the biggest obstacles to employment. Our proven model propels students into careers that lead to upward mobility and define the promise of the American Dream. When people are determined to lift up their lives, STRIVE provides the path to a career that changes everything.