In 1984, a group of ten gathered in a basement of an East Harlem housing project. This was the first class of STRIVE, a new take on job training and placement that focused not just on getting the chronically unemployed into jobs, but keeping them there.

 

STRIVE was founded through a collaboration between Sam Hartwell and Tom Rodman, two Manhattan-based bankers who were troubled by the chronic unemployment problem facing the residents of East Harlem and other American inner-cities in the 1980s, and Rob Carmona, an East Harlem native who had overcome multiple incarcerations and substance abuse to earn a Master of Social Work from Columbia University. STRIVE’s innovative model ran counter to much of the conventional wisdom in employment and training at the time, combining a short, intense period of job readiness training focused on the behaviors and life situations of individuals with significant challenges with rapid job placement and long-term follow-up.

More than three decades later, STRIVE's model has proven to be a highly flexible approach that works in diverse locations and cultures. In more than 20 cities across the U.S., STRIVE trains participants in skills that employers need, helping to create talent pipelines that promote our nation's prosperity. 

From its headquarters in East Harlem, STRIVE today is an international leader in helping individuals from underserved communities receive the training and support they need to obtain meaningful employment and achieve economic self sufficiency. STRIVE's 70,000 graduates have shown that a job brings dignity, hope, and a brighter future.

 

Our Outcomes Have Real Impact

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Leadership Team

 

Philip Weinberg
President & CEO

Greg Wise
National Vice President

 

Hilda Romero
Chief Financial Officer

David Melendez
National Vice President, Development & Communications

Lakythia Ferby
Vice President of Programs

  Chair: Brian Friedman  President, Leucadia National Corporation

Chair: Brian Friedman
President, Leucadia National Corporation

  Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder Samuel A. Hartwell   

Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder
Samuel A. Hartwell

 

  Roy Castro  CEO, DM Ice Cream Corporation

Roy Castro
CEO, DM Ice Cream Corporation

  Vice Chair:   Judith B. McElnea  Partner, The Jeffrey Group  

Vice Chair: Judith B. McElnea
Partner, The Jeffrey Group
 

  Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder H. Thompson Rodman Jr.  CEO, Fox Hill Real Estate

Chairman Emeritus & Co-Founder
H. Thompson Rodman Jr.

CEO, Fox Hill Real Estate

  Tonia O'Connor  Chief Revenue Officer, Univision Communications, Inc.

Tonia O'Connor
Chief Revenue Officer, Univision Communications, Inc.

  Treasurer:   Bonnie L. Howard  Independent Board Director  

Treasurer: Bonnie L. Howard
Independent Board Director
 

  Richard Barthelmes  Retired, Media Executive  

Richard Barthelmes
Retired, Media Executive
 

  Arthur Kokot  President, Kokot Reality Enterprises, Inc.

Arthur Kokot
President, Kokot Reality Enterprises, Inc.

  Secretary: Andy Rahl  Retired, Reed Smith LLP  

Secretary: Andy Rahl
Retired, Reed Smith LLP
 

  George Brooks  Area Leader, America's People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young 

George Brooks
Area Leader, America's People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young 

  Yvan-Claude Pierre  Partner, Cooley LLP

Yvan-Claude Pierre
Partner, Cooley LLP

  Jay Sheehy  Sr. Vice President, Product Innovation, EmblemHealth

Jay Sheehy
Sr. Vice President, Product Innovation, EmblemHealth

  Laura Slutsky  President/CEO, People Finders Productions, Inc.

Laura Slutsky
President/CEO, People Finders Productions, Inc.

  Phil Weinberg  President/CEO, STRIVE International

Phil Weinberg
President/CEO, STRIVE International

  Randy Zeno  CEO, Urban Therapy/Twisted Sista

Randy Zeno
CEO, Urban Therapy/Twisted Sista

STRIVE is grateful to our supporters

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Accenture
Aetna
Ares Management
AT&T
Barker Welfare Foundation
Blackstone Charitable Fund
Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund
Brian P. Friedman Family Foundation
Cog Hill Global, LLC
Consortium for Worker Education
David R. & Patricia D. Atkinson Foundation
Deloitte LLP
Family Management Corporation
Fidelity Charitable Trust
Freeman Trust
HAB Bank
Hearst Foundation
Heckscher Foundation for Children
Irvin Stern Foundation
MacDougal Family Foundation
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
Marble Church
Mount Sinai Health System
New York City Council
New York City Housing Authority

New York Community Trust
NYC Dept. of Correction
NYC Dept. of Youth & Community Development
NY Office of Temporary Disability Assistance
NY State Department of Labor
New York Women’s Foundation
NYC Center for Economic Opportunity
People’s United Community Foundation
Pimco Foundation
Pinkerton Foundation
Ready Foundation
Rose M. Badgeley Charitable Trust
Rudin Foundation
Santander Bank
SeaChange Capital Partners
Seedco
Starbucks Foundation
Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
US Department of Health and Human Services
US Department of Labor
Vanderbilt Family Foundation
Verizon Foundation
West Harlem Development Corporation
Winky Foundation

Are you looking to join a dynamic and energetic work environment? The STRIVE team is deeply mission-driven with a culture that is built on strong internal relationships and a collaborative work ethic.

To apply for any of the open positions listed below, forward resume and cover letter with salary requirements to hiring@striveinternational.org

Current Opportunities:

Director of Human Resources - New York, NY
Over the past five years STRIVE has doubled its budget, nearly doubled its staff, tripled the number of New Yorkers it serves, and expanded services nation-wide. You will oversee all talent management and human resource activities for STRIVE's team of 50+ talented individuals. The full job posting can be found here.

Associate Director, Foundations and Grants - New York, NY
You implement strategies to ensure proper identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundation, corporate, and government grants, which is a targeted area for revenue stream growth. The full job posting can be found here.

Rikers Island Facilitator - New York, NY
You will facilitate job readiness and attitudinal training for STRIVE participants on Rikers Island for our new reentry program, SMART. You will prepare pre-release participants, made up of sentenced inmates at Rikers, to confront and resolve barriers that are preventing them from obtaining and maintaining employment. The full job posting can be found here.

Employment Specialist - New York, NY
You will assist graduates in obtaining employment by providing a diverse range of direct career services including resume writing assistance, mock interviews, and facilitating career development workshops, as well as build employer partnerships that lead to employment opportunities for STRIVE clients. The full job posting can be found here.