How We Help

Featured Project

Project STRIVE

Created in 1998, Project STRIVE is a GED and leadership program for at-risk youths who have dropped out of high school in the greater Merrimack Valley. The program runs the full year and meets Monday-Friday for 20 hours per week, leaving time for work experience and internships. The program is funded, in part, by the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board as an Out-of-School Youth (OSY) program.

Sponsorship Program

The program costs $4,899 per student. You can sponsor an at-risk youth in the STRIVE program. We greatly appreciate any donation to this indispensable community program.

Each youth in the project STRIVE program:

  • Is selected based on entry criteria such as proof of low income, residency, employment barriers, and willingness to improve.
  • Participates in all STRIVE classes and receives all materials necessary for class participation
  • Has access to all workshops, trainings, and certifications offered by the Leadership and Literacy Foundation
  • Works at a local business as a paid intern for at least 10 hours per week in a field identified as an attainable career choice

As a STRIVE youth sponsor, you receive:

  • Weekly and monthly reports and evaluations on the sponsored participant's progress, employment status, and next steps
  • Letter of proof of tax-deductible donation
  • A sense of satisfaction knowing that you have made a difference to at-risk youth and the larger community by helping to generate an employable, effective member of society

Work Experience

Job Shadow - To learn hands-on work maturity skills, students shadow professionals in a variety of career fields.

Internship - Participants are placed in local businesses as paid interns to learn the basics of being employed: responsibility, maturity, teamwork, problem solving, interacting with others, and career and life choices.

Job Placement - Project STRIVE staff work with participants to place them in career building occupations with strong job growth and potential for promotion.

Program Components

The following components make up STRIVE:

Academic Achievement

  • GED preparation course
  • Computer literacy course
  • College preparation courses in conjunction with Northern Essex Community College
  • On-site tutoring

Positive Social Behaviors

  • Personality testing and self-awareness
  • The power of change
  • Team building and valuing differences

Employability Skills

  • Resume writing
  • Portfolio creation
  • Interview skills
  • Conflict management in the workplace
  • Effective communication

Leadership Development

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
  • Prioritizing and Time Management
  • Decision Making
  • Working Effectively as a T =Team
  • Project Management and Completion

Citizen Training and Life Skills

  • The Economy and Me
  • Financial Planning and Budgeting
  • Parenting Skills
  • Healthy Relationships

Our Clients and Partners


All of these organizations have benefitted from training, grant-writing, and development by Inspirational Ones experts:

Boston Public Schools
Hollister Staffing
Imajine That
Lawrence Public Schools
Little Sprouts
Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
Next Street
Sal's Pizza
Salvatore's Restaurants


Our ongoing partnerships help these organizations continue to cultivate their students and workforces:

Chopra Center
Pondera Advisors
Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board
Phoenix Academy
Innovative Kids
Compass for Kids
Northern Essex Community College
U. Mass Lowell
Marilyn Adams, Ph.D
Sirius Thinking, Ltd

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