Our Vision is for everyone to have the opportunity to achieve economic self-sufficiency, dignity, and a promising future for themselves and their families.



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The STRIVE employment model is offered by community-based organizations in the US and overseas. This groundbreaking curriculum has helped thousands of men and women across America enter the workforce.

Learn our story

STRIVE is an empowerment movement disguised as an employment agency.
Our 70,000 graduates show that a job brings dignity, hope, and a brighter future.

Tune in to see strive graduate on the never settle show on Nov. 15 2017, 7PM

Click here to see STRIVE graduate Roy Castro live on Mario Armstrong's Never Settle Show on Nov. 15 2017, 7PM ET.

While the country’s unemployment rate has declined since the recession, it remains persistently high in underserved communities. Historical pathways to the middle class have been quietly eroding for many families, particularly those born into poverty. This trend has led to widening gaps in education, income, and wealth, which in turn, threatens to undermine our nation's bedrock principles of justice and opportunity for all.

At the same time, employers nationwide are facing a skills gap. Industries in the United States are experiencing rapid growth in middle-skill occupations, but are having difficulty finding individuals that are qualified and ready to work.

STRIVE offers a solution that benefits employers and participants alike: in-demand occupational skills training, reflective of local employer needs.


Job Readiness

STRIVE’s signature program is our CORE workshop, an intensive four-week “soft skills” training in workplace readiness, responsibility and professionalism.


Occupational Skills Training

Graduates of CORE training progress to vocational training in one of several career pathways aligned with local labor market demand and employer needs. Training results in the acquisition of one or more industry-recognized credentials.

Case Management

Beginning in CORE training, all STRIVE participants receive intensive case management to address obstacles that stand in the way of their success.

Job Placement


STRIVE’s Career Services team forges relationships with employers and assists our graduates in securing jobs that are a good match with their skills and interests.

Job Retention, Advancement & Follow-Up

STRIVE graduates receive active follow-up and retention services for two years after graduation. Many STRIVE alumni return for second and third placements as they pursue higher wages.

To learn more about STRIVE, email us at info@striveinternational.org or call us at (212) 360-1100.

STRIVE is located at: 240 East 123rd Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10035