STRIVE and NYCDOC Announce $300,000 U.S. Dept. of Justice Grant

New Partnership to Reduce Recidivism 

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a 2-year $300,000 grant to STRIVE International, a New-York based workforce development agency, to work with the New York City Department of Correction (NYCDOC) to provide job-training and placement services to inmates on Rikers Island. The grant, called “Mentoring of Adult Offenders: Promoting Successful Reentry through Responsible Fatherhood and Motherhood,” is a new partnership between STRIVE and NYCDOC.

“Our partnership with STRIVE will connect more incarcerated individuals to meaningful employment opportunities in jail and after their release.  It is a surefire way to reduce recidivism and improve public safety,” said Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction.

Under the grant, STRIVE will provide pre-release and post-release services to inmates at Rikers Island with the goal increasing employment and reducing recidivism for participants. Services will include job training and placement and responsible fatherhood education along with mentorship from successful STRIVE alumni. The project will serve 240 individuals over two years.

“This grant is an exciting step as we deepen our services to ex-offenders,” remarked Phil Weinberg, STRIVE’s President and CEO. “We are proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Justice and the New York City Department of Correction to bring innovative opportunities to New Yorkers looking for a second chance.”

The U.S. Department of Justice awards grants through a competitive application and review process. Funding for this grant is made possible through the Second Chance Act, which is designed to help communities develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by offender reentry and recidivism reduction.

“This is an important opportunity to help more inmates establish ongoing relationships with positive role models who can provide them with support after their release to the community,” said Warden James Perrino, of the Eric M. Taylor Center, the facility on Rikers Island for city-sentenced inmates where the program will be offered.



Based in East Harlem, New York, STRIVE ( is a leading workforce development agency that has transformed the lives of over 50,000 graduates since 1984 through comprehensive training and career development services. STRIVE serves the unemployed from high poverty communities  including recovering addicts, ex-offenders, public assistance recipients, the working poor, and the homeless. STRIVE provides specialized training and services that help clients turn their lives around through stable employment and family-supportive wages.


About the NYC Department of Correction

The New York City Department of Correction was founded in 1895 when the city’s Department of Public Charities and Correction was divided into two separate agencies. Today, with a workforce of 10,440 and ten jails on Rikers Island and four facilities in the boroughs, the New York City Department of Correction provides care and custody for approximately 12,000 inmates daily and as many as 85,000 annually.