STRIVE New York Newsletter (March 2015)

March 4, 2015
Dear STRIVE Friends and Supporters, 

Thanks to your partnership and support, STRIVE New York had a year of incredible impact and growth in 2014.  We helped more New Yorkers than ever enter promising careers and achieve economic security for their families.  We did this by launching innovative new ventures focused on some of our highest-priority client groups, including our young adults, unemployed parents, and men and women leaving incarceration in search of a second chance.
As STRIVE enters our 30th year of service, we are committed to again expanding our impact in 2015, so that we can reach even more New Yorkers with even deeper interventions.  With your partnership and support, we are excited about all that we will accomplish together.
The STRIVE New York Team

Creating Opportunities for Youth
STRIVE’s new internship initiative for young adults is already paying big dividends, with over 75% of our youth interns over the past year securing employment or continuing on to further education. In the process, they are gaining valuable workplace experiences and skills and making themselves more marketable for our city’s growth industries. Together with our partners at Youth Development Institute and MDRC, we are building on these services and developing the next generation of Youth Employment programs at STRIVE. Listen to STRIVE graduate Benjamin Cherry explain how STRIVE helped him develop the skills, discipline and confidence to secure a full-time job at Mount Sinai Health System. Watch now

New Re-Entry Initiatives at Rikers Island
Over the past year, STRIVE launched two separate initiatives to help men and women incarcerated at Rikers Island begin to develop the skills, attitudes, and support networks to gain productive employment upon release and to stay clear of the criminal justice system. In partnership with the US Department of Justice and the NYC Department of Corrections, these programs aim to serve over 200 individuals in 2015 with a combination of pre-release skills training, support for fathers, and peer mentorship from STRIVE graduates. See NY1’s video on our first graduation for the Working IT Out program, which is equipping Rikers Island inmates with skills to enter the electrical trades, construction, or green technologies industry.  To learn more watch here!

STRIVE Honors Mount Sinai with Outstanding Employer Partner Award 
STRIVE’s employment approach is rooted in deep partnerships with our employer partners.  In January 2015, we were proud to recognize Mount Sinai Health System as our Outstanding Employer Partner.

Together with Mount Sinai, STRIVE has developed customized trainings and established a fast-track hiring process that has resulted in dozens of STRIVE graduates interning and working full-time at Mount Sinai. Read more here.

Women’s Empowerment Initiative Helps Graduates Thrive
STRIVE’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative expands and strengthens the services STRIVE provides to at-risk women with high barriers to employment. Women often struggle with gender-related family and workplace issues as they try to overcome poverty, homelessness, insufficient education, domestic violence, and long-term unemployment.
Michaela Pereira of CNN’s New Day will to host the 3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Luncheon on May 8th at The New York Palace Hotel. We can’t wait to see what insights she will bring as she interviews and conducts a guided discussion about at-risk women and their journey to employment with our two honorees, Dawn Hudson, Chief Marketing Officer of the NFL, and Wenda Harris Millard, President & CEO of MediaLink LLC.
We invite you to learn more about our Women’s Empowerment Initiative at our upcoming luncheon: Details Here

Closing the Skills Gap in Healthcare and Construction By earning industry-recognized credentials, STRIVE graduates gain a pathway into promising careers in growing industries of the New York City economy, such as construction and healthcare.  With partners such as the Patient Navigation Institute,  Accenture, and D & A Electrical we are preparing New Yorkers for emerging careers in healthcare and construction, placing them in paid internships, and helping them secure full-time employment.

East Harlem Talent Network Gets to Work 
STRIVE and our partners at the East Harlem Community Alliance launched the East Harlem Talent Network in late 2014, with the goal of connecting local talent with local jobs.  With support from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, this new venture has gotten off to a fast start, with ten local nonprofits collaborating to create a new talent pipeline for local employers.   Read more here

To our Corporate and Institutional Partners!  
We couldn’t do this transformational work without your help!

STRIVE needs your help to continue providing at-risk individuals with a lifetime of professional and social services. With your generous support, we can continue to transform lives through employment and strengthen families and communities.

Donate Now!


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