STRIVE (Strengthen Teens and Reach Inner-city Vital Environments) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to paving a pathway into productive adulthood for New Jersey’s economically disadvantaged youth. Founded by concerned citizens in 2009—a record year for gun violence in the city of Newark—STRIVE offers a variety of programs designed to equip young people with the tools they need to develop a successful future.
Since its founding, STRIVE has served close to 2,000 students and family members in the greater Newark area and has developed partnerships with organizations including Rutgers University-Newark, The Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC), The Newark College Institute (NCI), Abbot Leadership Institute/Youth Media Symposium, East Orange Salvation Army and the Union County Youth Services Commission.
STRIVE’s current programs include Before and After-School Enrichment, Summer Scholars and the Right-Track Enrichment Program, which has offered one-on-one mentoring through the Newark College Institute (NCI), S.A.T. prep through Rutgers University-Newark pre-college programs and vocational development services to the community-at-large.