STRIVE is an official partner of the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC), and through this partnership has provided services to over 500 youth participating in their Summer Leadership Institute.   STRIVE has partnered with the Newark College Institute (NCI), a signature NCLC program, to provide mentoring services to 158 first generation College students from Newark attending college throughout the Nation.  In conjunction with NCI, STRIVE developed a mentoring initiative that consisted of recruiting, training, and supervising mentors who will provide guidance and support to the students participating in NCI programs.  STRIVE remains a current member of the NCI Steering Committee and Curriculum Sub-committee.    In 2016, STRIVE partnered with Rutgers Newark RU-NEXT and Rutgers Future Scholars Programs, STRIVE offered SAT Preparation to over 100 11th and 12th grade Newark High School students. These services are free and will help foster participants’ development of the transferable skills necessary to succeed in school, work, and in life.   STRIVE’s SAT preparation includes the incorporation of the College Board Curriculum, hands-on instruction, use of computer-based instruction and visual aids and modalities.  Special attention is given to students that display significant difficulty understanding concepts and materials.  This program is offered twice a year and facilitated by NJ certified teachers with a demonstrated track record of improving the standardized test scores of students.    The 2016 Newark Youth One Stop Summer Employment Program, an annual vocational development program for over 3,000 Newark youth and young adults, has been enhanced with the support of STRIVE.  STRIVE had the wonderful opportunity to develop 3 separate orientation trainings for Newark participants ages 14 – 24 and Program Monitors respectively.  STRIVE facilitated orientation sessions during the weeks of May 28 through June 14, 2016 for the above-mentioned groups.  Student orientations focused on helping students identify the benefits that they can gather from participating in the Newark Summer Youth Employment Program.  As well as, educating students about generic work skills that will help them to be successful on the job site and in future employment settings.  Program Monitors orientations assisted in the area of identifying the benefits that they can gather from participating in the Newark Summer Youth Employment Program while gain clarity about their role and expected code of conduct for the position.   In recent years, STRIVE has been able to provide vocational and social services to 2,500 young men and women throughout NJ.   Through partnerships with NPS, Marion Bolden Center, Operation Pathways, Investors Saving Bank Foundation, the Union County Youth Service Commission, East Orange Salvation Army, Newton St. Public School, Belmont Runyon Community School, Community Access Unlimited, Youth Advocate Program, City of Newark Learning Collaborative, Newark College Institute, Abbot Leadership Institute, Rutgers University Newark, Newark Youth Employment Program, and East Orange, Plainfield, Elizabeth and Springfield Public Libraries, the organization has offered over nine consecutive years of programming and outreach in Essex and Union Counties of New Jersey.