STRIVE - Class Description

STRIVE training helps participants acquire the skills and attitudes needed to find sustained employment. The training offers a safe and structured environment which encourages participants to accept responsibility for past mistakes and embrace new ways of approaching situations 

The STRIVE training and the Next Step Program are rooted in the belief that you have the power to change, and can do so with the right tools and support system. We ensure that every participant is ready to find a job and equipped to keep it. STRIVE includes these five elements: 

1. Attitudinal and Job Readiness Training – This is a three-week workshop that aims to instill the attitudes and behaviors needed for success in work and life. Those with the right attitude toward authority, culture, and peers are better positioned to succeed in additional educational programs and in the workplace.  

2. Occupational Skills Training – STRIVE graduates have the opportunity to enroll in various employer-driven, sector-based training programs in industries such as healthcare, hospitality/culinary arts, construction and information technology, among others.

3. Case Work and Supportive Services – STRIVE training takes place within the context of the Next Step Program, which offers a host of supportive services including case work assistance to address barriers such as lack of housing, need for additional education, and access to health care - that can prevent participants from gaining economic self-sufficiency.  

4. Job Placement– The STRIVE team develops and maintains relationships with employers who are a source of placements for graduates. These partners provide vital employment opportunities for our graduates and give real-time feedback on our curriculum to ensure participants are equipped with the most relevant, up-to-date skills. STRIVE's employer partners include Thompson Hospitality and Byte Back, among others. 

5. Follow-Up and Retention – The STRIVE training process includes two years of follow-up career counseling, support and referral services for graduatesThe STRIVE team also encourages participants to pursue opportunities that enhance upward mobility within the workforce. 

STRIVE training is conducted at the Skyland Workforce Center, located at 2509 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020. You can reach Skyland is via Buses 92, 30, 32, 34, W2, and Circulator. 

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You can also call Deirdre Duffy at 202-793-2153 for more information or to register for training.