STRIVE Youth Services

With more than 33% of young high school graduates unemployed or underemployed, there is growing agreement that more needs to be done to help young adults get ready to work.  Nationwide, one quarter of those enrolled in STRIVE International’s CORE job readiness training program are aged 18-24.

On top of our flagship employment program, STRIVE offers two youth-focused programs:

STRIVE Future Leaders

In 2015 STRIVE launched STRIVE Future Leaders, a new program designed especially for use with STRIVE clients age 24 and under.  The manual was developed in collaboration with MDRC and the Youth Development Institute, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

STRIVE Future Leaders is currently being used by 10 STRIVE sites implementing U.S. Department of Labor-funded programs for justice-involved youth living in high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods.  Research shows that having an arrest decreases employment opportunities more than any other employment-related stigma, and STRIVE Future Leaders helps youth overcome this barrier.

For STRIVE Future Leader’s referral form, click here. To register, contact Mayte Hernandez at 646-844-0852 or [email protected]

Serve UP Harlem

Serve UP Harlem is a new initiative that leverages our local employer relationships to connect youth with career pathways in food service and hospitality. This initiative was developed in 2016 with support from the Citi Foundation’s Youth Opportunity Fund, and began offering services in January 2017. The program trains youth aged 18-24 for careers in the city’s fast-growing food service and hospitality sector, with a focus on serving youth – and employers – in Harlem and Upper Manhattan. The program includes 2 weeks of training, followed by subsidized internships and job placement assistance.

To register for Serve UP Harlem, contact Tiarra Clark at 646-844-1589 or [email protected]