The STRIVE Affiliate Network

The STRIVE employment model is offered by community-based organizations in the US and overseas. This groundbreaking curriculum has helped more than 70,000 individuals across America enter the workforce since 1984.



Second Chance carries out its mission by providing workforce readiness training and job placement programs to youth and adults. Second Chance also delivers wrap-around services including transitional housing, behavioral health treatment and financial literacy to help our participants reach self-sufficiency.


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Justice Resource Institute, which is now referred to as JRI, is one of the largest human services providers in the Commonwealth in addition to being the most programmatically diverse. Today, JRI has over 100 programs that  serve hundreds of clients in residential settings, thousands more in outpatient or community based services. 

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LIFE of NC (LIFE) was established in 1999 to enhance local efforts to reduce the poverty rate and revitalize the economy. LIFE has offered the STRIVE Program since 2000. In addition, LIFE offers a Pitt County Reentry Program (for formerly incarcerated individuals or those scheduled for release to Pitt County. LIFE’s programs focus on populations who are most vulnerable to economic hardship.

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The Westchester-Putnam County Workforce Board Career Centers have made STRIVE an integral part of their countywide strategy to promote economic opportunity among disadvantaged communities in a variety of programmatic settings.

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The Workforce Institute’s (WFI) mission is to transform lives by providing job readiness training, industry specific certifications and post-secondary education to those with limited resources, empowering them to pursue dynamic careers. The Workforce Institute has provided essential workforce development and customized job training to the most vulnerable Philadelphians since 1974, helping low-income adults and older youth gain the skills they need to obtain quality jobs in high growth industries and break the cycle of poverty. Having trained nearly 20,000 men and women since its inception, WFI continues to achieve its mission.



Career Resources, Inc. provides youth and adults throughout Connecticut the skills, resources and support necessary for personal development, economic self-sufficiency and career advancement, and provides planning and staffing resources to the business community in support of workforce development and economic growth. STRIVE services are offered in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury.

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A Safe Haven Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit, social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. A Safe Haven provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic and scalable model. A Safe Haven’s visible social and economic impact unites families, stabilizes neighborhoods, and creates vibrant, viable communities.

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Central to CFUF’s mission is the belief that men—the most disconnected and underserved citizens in urban communities—who connect with women, their children, and the workplace are key to the restoration of stability and optimism. Consistent with this mission, our organizational goal is to assist individuals in regaining the personal power needed to benefit their families and communities.

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STRIVE Yonkers is a program of Westhab, the largest provider of housing and support services to homeless and low-income individuals in Westchester County. Its mission, Building Communities, Changing Lives, has informed its work providing safe, affordable housing, employment training, and supportive services to help individuals and families improve their quality of life and to create secure communities in under-served neighborhoods.

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The Step UP network is the sole STRIVE Affiliate in the state of South Carolina and provides services for residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties.

The Step UP Network's programs and services are geared towards individuals who would otherwise be overlooked in society, serving those who are motivated to help themselves, but face barriers that make economic stability a difficult reality.

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Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW) was incorporated in 1986 and has evolved into a collaborative non-sectarian social services provider. In August 2016, SMGW integrated STRIVE DC into its operations. SMGW seeks to empower participants to develop capacities and address barriers they face in order to live sustainable purpose-driven lives, guiding them to set goals, and take “next steps” to meet those goals. 



STRIVE New Orleans (STRIVE NOLA) was established in 2015 by the City of New Orleans Network for Economic Opportunity in partnership with STRIVE. Funded through public/private partnership, STRIVE NOLA operates as a stand-alone program site and receives public funding from the City of New Orleans combined with philanthropic contributions from major organizations including Living Cities, Annie E. Casey, Capital One, Ford Foundation, G.E. Foundation, J.P. Morgan Chase and W.K. Kellogg.

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STRIVE was established in Flint, Michigan in December 2000 to empower individuals to open doors, change lives and strengthen community. STRIVE joins in the effort to raise the hopes and well-being of persons in need in Flint and throughout the State of Michigan.



STRIVE New York is the original STRIVE site, and has been operating since 1984 in East Harlem. STRIVE New York serves more than 1,000 individuals each year across its range of programs.