How We Help
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.
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
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.
The following components make up STRIVE:
- 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
- Resume writing
- Portfolio creation
- Interview skills
- Conflict management in the workplace
- Effective communication
- 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
Lawrence Public Schools
Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
Our ongoing partnerships help these organizations continue to cultivate their students and workforces:
Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board
Compass for Kids
Northern Essex Community College
U. Mass Lowell
Marilyn Adams, Ph.D
Sirius Thinking, Ltd
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