STRIVE DC reaches out to DCs growing number of hard-to-employ adults still hard in the aftermath of the recession in Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8: those with limited education, little or no work history, troubled family backgrounds, problems with crime, substance abuse, or homelessness. And it gives them the skills and confidence they need to find a job, perhaps for the first time. It enrolls clients in an intense, three-week program that teaches the rudiments: dressing and speaking appropriately, operating as a team, taking orders, networking, being responsible, and accepting criticism. Both confrontational and demanding, the program challenges everyone to address and overcome self-doubt, hopelessness, and cynicism, and to approach the job search with a winning attitude. STRIVE DC matches graduates with entry-level positions and supports them for two solid years after placement; emergency assistance, health, and housing needs are also addressed. Over 70% of each class is successfully placed, and 70% of these are employed two years later. Doesnt the next STRIVE DC class deserve your support?

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 6

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American

Awards & Recognition

UPO Martin Luther King, Jr. - H. R. Barney Ross Memorial Award, January 2006


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for STRIVE DC is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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