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STRIVE Unveils new state-of-the-art training facility

At the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, March 6, STRIVE welcomed the public to its new space, which will allow us to serve even more individuals with our life-changing employment services, both here in New York City and as a hub for our exceptional network of STRIVE partners in cities from coast-to-coast.

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

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 [email protected] or call us at (212) 360-1100.

STRIVE is located at: 205 East 122nd Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10035 (Note that the entrance is on 3rd ave)