CBS Feature: Roy Castro Once Sold Drugs, But Thanks To STRIVE New York He Now Sells Nothing But Happiness

STRIVE Graduate Recognized for Leadership & Perseverance 

STRIVE Featured on CBS Evening News, April 1, 2016

Graduate Roy Castro Shares His Story on The Never Settle Show

STRIVE: 30 Years of Impact

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on STRIVE

STRIVE Receives CBS Grant to Support Eliminating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
December 14, 2018

US Department of Labor Selects STRIVE to Support Reentry Projects to Transition Into the Workforce 
US Department of Labor
June 26, 2018

Mayor Landrieu Celebrates Last STRIVE NOLA Graduation of his Administration
New Orleans Business Alliance
April 6, 2018

Brian Friedman and Bonnie Howard appointed to leadership positions on the Board of Directors of STRIVE International
Press Release
April 3, 2018

STRIVE Unveils New State-of-the-Art Training Center in East Harlem
Press Release
March 8, 2018

STRIVE International to Host Manhattan Roundtable with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
Press Release
January 19, 2018

STRIVE Graduate Roy Castro, CEO of DM Ice Cream Corporation, Appointed to STRIVE Board of Directors
Press Release
January 8, 2018

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $755 Million in Economic and Community Development Resources Awarded Through 2017 Regional Council Competition
New York State Press Release
December 13, 2017

Job Training Programs Shouldn't Overlook Small Businesses
Next City
December 11, 2017

TCWFI Named as STRIVE Partner in $4.5 Million Reentry Grant
The Center for Working Families, Inc. 
December 7, 2017

STRIVE Awarded $4.5. Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Reentry Projects Initiative
Press Release
November 29, 2017

Workforce Referral Networks: The Hot New Approach to Local Hiring
City Limits
November 15, 2017

Leveraging the Teachable Moments
Prosperity Now
November 8, 2017

STRIVE Selected as Grant Recipient of Inaugural Pathways to Progress Youth Financial Capability Fund to Support Young People on Path to Economic Success
Press Release
November 8, 2017

Growth for all: Public-private partnerships help New Orleanians thrive
October 18, 2017

Jeffrey McGee: Facilities Manager & Formerly Incarcerated Drug Dealer
Working America
October 3, 2017

The Starbucks Foundation 2017 “Opportunity for All” Partnerships
August 16, 2017

STRIVE Names David Melendez National Vice President, Development & Communications
Press Release
August 7, 2017

New York City Nonprofit Partners with Cornell University to Help Close Unemployment Gap, Prepare Underserved Youth for Foodservice and Hospitality Jobs
Press Release
July 20, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s family owns Fast Money on Celebrity Family Feud
Entertainment Weekly
July 8, 2017

US Department of Labor Announces Over $72M in Grants to Improve Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals
U.S. Department of Labor
June 27, 2017

City Hosts Fourteenth STRIVE NOLA Graduation
Press Release
June 9, 2017

Developers Fund New Rochelle Job Center
Westfair Communications
June 1, 2017

New Rochelle Launches “First Source Referral Center”
Press Release
May 26, 2017

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Talks Resilience with Local Job Skills Trainees
The New Orleans Advocate
May 9, 2017

What do you do? 'Working' Exhibit asks 24 People Across America
Chicago Tribune
May 8, 2017

Goldman Sachs Professionals Help Jobs Training Program
Goldman Sachs Careers Blog
May 4, 2017

JPMorgan Chase Invests in Health Care Job Training
Crain’s Health Pulse
April 26, 2017

Edward M. Powell Named Executive Director of JRI’s STRIVE Boston
Press Release
April 20, 2017

JPMorgan Chase Commits $8.6 Million to Fill Well-Paying, High-Demand Healthcare Jobs
Business Wire
April 20, 2017

After a Troubled Childhood, a High School Dropout gets Sweet Redemption
Crain’s New York Business
April 5, 2017

Job Training, Placement Program Seeks Flint Residents
M Live News
March 31, 2017

Mayor de Blasio Announces Re-Entry Services for Everyone in City Jails by End of This Year
Press Release
March 29, 2017

Mayor Landrieu Announces STRIVE Future Leaders Program Supporting Youth Involved in Justice Systems
Press Release
March 16, 2017

Philip Weinberg on Dollars & Change
Wharton Business Radio
March 7, 2017

DA Vance Invests $58 Million In Youth And Families To Prevent Crime
Press Release
February 27, 2017

STRIVE Names Three New Members to Its Board of Directors
Press Release
January 13, 2017

STRIVE – Teaching ‘Soft Skills’
Moultrie News
November 28, 2016

New York Companies Profit from Giving Away Their Time
Crain’s New York
November 22, 2016

Crowell & Moring Partner Paul J. Pollock Receives Lawyers Alliance for New York 2016 Cornerstone Award for Pro Bono Service
Crowell & Moring
November 21, 2016

STRIVE Celebrates Dads With Comedy and Inspiration
Press Release
November 18, 2016

Second Chance Act Grantees Receive DOL Grants to Continue Reentry Efforts
Council of State Governments
October 25, 2016

The Step UP Network Brings STRIVE International for the First Time to South Carolina
Press Release
August 9, 2016

Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance Announce 2016 Youth Opportunity Fund Grant Recipients in 10 U.S. Cities
Press Release
August 4, 2016

East Harlem Talent Network Celebrates 100th Placement
Press Release
July 29, 2016

The Starbucks Foundation Awards $1.3 Million in Opportunity for Youth Grants
Press Release
July 13, 2016

US Labor Department announces $64.5m in grants as part of Obama Administration’s efforts to break cycle of poverty, crime and incarceration
U.S. Department of Labor
June 24, 2016

From broken to breaking through
June 8, 2016

Trust Gives $11 Million to 80 Nonprofits in Year’s Biggest Round of Grants
New York Community Trust
June 6, 2016

Program aims to get young people of color ready for the job market
CBS Evening News w/Scott Pelley
April 1, 2016

Nonprofits Picked to Participate in Chirlane McCray’s Mental-Health Initiative
Crain’s New York Business
March 11, 2016

Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City Selects 14 Community-Based Organizations Citywide to Join $30 Million Connections to Care Partnership
Press Release
March 11, 2016

Jobs for Minorities (Letter to the Editor)
The New York Times
March 3, 2016

East Harlem Workforce Development Initiative to Place 180 Individuals in Jobs by Spring 2017
Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
December 3, 2015

Center for Urban Families launches workforce development program at West Baltimore School
The Baltimore Sun
November 16, 2015

STRIVE Celebrates 30 Years of Transforming Lives Through Employment
Press Release
November 12, 2015

The Importance of Job Training Programs and STEM Programs in NYC
New York Amsterdam News
October 15, 2015

AT&T, STRIVE, and Assemblyman Wright Celebrate Success of Students Graduating From Job Readiness Program
AT&T News Release
September 18, 2015

Unrealistic child support orders hurt rather than help
The Baltimore Sun
August 2015

Could This Program Stem Surging Violence at Rikers Island?
July 2015

Aim to B’More Press Conference @ CFUF (w/Baltimore State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, Esq.)
May 2015

‘Strive New Orleans’ program offers its graduates hope as well as job skills
The New Orleans Advocate
May 2015

Rikers Program Provides “Green Technology” Job Training, Placements
The Justice Center: The Council of State Governments
April 2015

Prison Program A Start For Malloy’s ‘Second Chance Society’
Hartford Courant
April 2015

Rikers Inmates Graduate Pilot Re-Entry Program
January 2015




Our Students



When Shynice was 23, she lost both of her parents. Soon, she was struggling as a single mother to her son Jaheel and surviving on public assistance. Shynice dreamed of supporting her family by working in the medical field like her mother, but without a degree, training, or guidance, she didn’t know where to start.

What Shynice did have was a determination to build a better life. She happened upon information about STRIVE’s medical billing program and started the program with a focus on healthcare. She gained the skills she needed but more importantly, she found a support system and learned the importance of a positive attitude, taking initiative, and believing in herself.

When Shynice graduated, she put what she learned to work right away. STRIVE helped her get an internship with Modern MD Urgent Care, which turned into a full-time job and a promotion. She has returned to STRIVE to receive 10 professional certifications to advance her career and started a college fund for Jaheel. One day she hopes to start her own medical billing company.

“When I came to STRIVE, I was like a caterpillar,” she says. “When I left I had wings, and I’ve been flying ever since.”



Donisha’s probation officer referred her to STRIVE shortly after she lost her job. She had work experience, but with a ten-year-old son with autism, she couldn’t just take any job. She needed one that would allow her to care for him and create a good life for them both. “I just need support and a little help getting started again,” she said.

She proved herself to be a confident, warm, hard worker. Within the first week of the workshop, Donisha was offered two jobs, but turned them down because they didn’t allow her to provide her son with the right care. “They were not a good fit for me,” she explained. “My decisions have to make sense for my son.”

Donisha returned to STRIVE and finished the program, and she didn’t given up on finding a job that was right for her. She had been studying for the United States Postal Service Exam. During the last week of the program, she took the exam, passed and was offered a job within hours! Now, she is building the life she wants for herself and her son.

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In 2012, Melissa lost her home, car, and job to Hurricane Sandy. She spent several months trying to regain control of her life. Things changed when a friend introduced her to STRIVE.

STRIVE allowed Melissa to begin a journey towards employment and rebuilding the life that Hurricane Sandy took away. She completed the Green Construction program with 10 industry-recognized credentials and participated in several other STRIVE workshops, including workplace expectations, financial literacy, and educational advancement.

After graduating, Melissa was hired as a maintenance worker at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and kept networking to find the right opportunity for her career. She found a job a PW Grosser Consulting and has been promoted several times, now working as the Senior Hydro Environmental Tech. She loves her job and is excited about her future.



Arteasha has faced many challenges since she was 16 years old: drug addiction, homelessness, childcare issues, financial trouble. She struggled to get her life back on track and provide for her child, until one day she reconnected with a friend in New Orleans, who shared a similar story of hardship. But her friend found STRIVE, a career, a home, and a new life. Arteasha felt inspired to come to STRIVE herself.

Arteasha completed STRIVE NOLA's program and an internship at AshéCac in February, after which she was hired full-time. Despite everything she has been through, she has proven herself to be a hard worker who constantly goes above and beyond.

“It was tough to remain consistent because I have a history of starting things and not finishing them, even when I know it’s the best option for me,” Arteasha said. “The STRIVE staff and my friend’s success with STRIVE inspired me to find the strength within me to complete the program. I am so pleased with my accomplishments.”



In 2018, Derrek joined STRIVE's Fatherhood program. He wanted to reconnect with his children and grandchildren and be part of their lives on a deeper level. He also had maintenance experience, but needed to get back on his feet and reenter the workforce.

Derrek thrived at STRIVE; he made fast friends with his quick wit and brought valuable insight to class discussions. When he graduated, he put these skills to use and now has a career at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Derrek continues to pay it forward, keeping STRIVE updated of events and job fairs, and we are grateful for his hard work and positivity.

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Jose was a hard worker without the opportunity to legally work. He put his energy into selling drugs, and he ended up incarcerated at Rikers Island. At Rikers, he began STRIVE’s SMART program. His near-perfect attendance and valuable insight caught the attention of the SMART Coordinator, who offered him an internship position in his housing unit at Rikers. Jose excelled at his position until his release, while also completing the SMART program and obtaining several construction credentials.

One week after leaving Rikers, Jose came to STRIVE for a hiring event. An employer from Building Skills NY was so impressed with him that she hired him on the spot!

STRIVE gave Jose the chance to put his skills and work ethic into creating a life for himself. We are proud to be a part of his journey.

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Daniel wanted to be a good father and role model to his son, but after spending time in prison and dealing with addiction, he struggled to find a job, and the two of them lived in the homeless shelter system for a number of years. Then one day in 2014, he saw a STRIVE flyer and was so excited he came to STRIVE that very day.

At STRIVE, Daniel learned how to write a resume and give an interview. He earned his construction certification, and he gained a sense of confidence and hope. After he graduated, he was hired by Forrest Solutions. He also graduated from STRIVE’s Strong Fathers, Strong Families program and gained important skills to care for his son both financially and emotionally. He was soon able to secure permanent housing and hire childcare to take care of his son.

Since then, Daniel has been promoted twice and continued to be a wonderful father. He has also been an amazing ambassador for STRIVE and parents everywhere—just last month, he spoke at Aspen Ascend. We are so proud of Daniel’s hard work and care for others.