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STRIVE Boston is a Workforce Readiness program that provides virtual training services. We envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to achieve economic self-sufficiency, dignity, and a promising future. STRIVE Boston helps people with barriers to employment realize their potential to find and keep jobs that promise sustainable livelihoods and personal growth. Please note that the bulk of our services are now being offered virtually. In-person services are provided by appointment at our JRI Health site, which is located at 555 Amory Street, Suite 2 in Jamaica Plain.
STRIVE START Program
The START program (adults 18+) is a four-week virtual training program where participants meet virtually for 1.5 hours each day. The job search phase follows the four-week training. Job club meetings are every Thursday until employment is secured. Topics covered during the training include defining professional development, attitudes, perceptions and stereotypes, writing resumes and thank-you notes, interviewing techniques, how to search for employment, coping with rejection, professional dress, and financial literacy. Other curriculum components include vocabulary work, writing assignments, participation in mock interviews as well as GED/Hi-SET coursework offered in collaboration with our community partner X-Cel Adult Academy. We have employer partners in three pathways: Customer Service, Social Services and Healthcare. This service includes case management, job placement and follow up services. Participants have the opportunity to earn up to $500 in stipends and incentives for participating in the STRIVE START program
Enrollment is ongoing.
All STRIVE alumni have access to job club meetings. Job club meetings are every Thursday and alumni are welcome to attend each week until employment is secured.
Ed was named Vice President for Community Engagement at Justice Resource Institute (JRI) in May 2014. He builds community relationships that allow JRI to bring its trauma informed programming to neighborhoods affected by violence. Edward M. Powell brings over 20 years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors in a career spent working to improve the lives of young people through violence prevention, education and employment. Recently Ed was the Executive Director of StreetSafe Boston a nationally acclaimed youth violence intervention initiative of the Boston Foundation. Prior to StreetSafe, Ed was at the Boston Private Industry Council, where he served as deputy director. Prior to his appointment as deputy director of the PIC, Powell’s tenure at the PIC included almost a decade as the director of school-to-career programs. Ed holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Business. Ed is also a graduate of Delaware State University with a B.S. in Marketing. He is a 2013 Alumnus of The Partnership Inc. Next Generation Executive program as well as a 2007 Alumnus of Boston University School of Management Institute of Non profit Management and Leadership program. In 2017, Ed was appointed as Executive Director of JRI's STRIVE Boston program.
Kathy Traylor joined STRIVE Boston as an Office Manager in January 2015 and is currently Program Administrator with oversight of data management. Prior to STRIVE, Ms. Traylor held the position of Administrative Coordinator for StreetSafe Boston, an initiative of The Boston Foundation that focused on violence intervention in the Boston communities from April 2011 to December 2014.
Ms. Traylor came to the non-profit sector after working as a Trust Administrator from 1991 through 2010 at Fiduciary Trust Company, Cambridge Trust Company and the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart. She earned her Trust Certification from The New England School of Banking at Williams College in June 1991.
Ms. Traylor is a resident of Roxbury, MA.
Taron Tibbs graduated from Suffolk University Sawyer Business School in 2016. Taron was hired at STRIVE Boston as a Microsoft Office Specialist Trainer in 2012 and in 2018 got promoted by JRI to Senior Trainer for the STRIVE START Program in Boston. He is currently the Program Manager and oversees all of STRIVE's programming. "He enjoys helping people in his community and making a difference."
Evelyn Velasquez is a Case Manager/Employment Specialist; more importantly, she is a STRIVE START graduate. She has been with STRIVE for under a year and am passionate about seeing our clients succeed and keeping our programs running. She believes in our mission and creating a space where people can be vulnerable in order to grow. Her own success has brought her be a part of the same team that was always available and reached out to her when they saw an opportunity that she would flourish in. We are thrilled that she is now a part of the STRIVE Team.