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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 75R Amory Street in Boston.

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At a Glance
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Focus: STRIVE Boston helps people with barriers to employment realize their potential to find and keep jobs that promise sustainable livelihoods and personal growth.
STRIVE START program- Adult program 25 plus
STRIVE Future Leaders program- Youth ages 18-24
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
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Ed Powell
Executive Director of STRIVE Boston / Vice President of Community Engagement
(617) 825-1800
STRIVE's Programs


The START program (adults 25+) 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.  

Complete the START program inquiry form.


STRIVE Future Leaders Program

STRIVE Future Leaders program (Youth ages 18-24) starts with our Future Leaders Workshop, a two-week training in which participants learn soft skills, participate in goal-setting and mentoring sessions, and benefit from an online platform administered by Penn Foster that enables youth to get industry recognized certifications in three areas: Retail, Construction and Culinary art. Participants may further enroll in our Youth Leadership program which pairs youth with members of the local community who have similar backgrounds as them and have succeeded in changing their lives which allows them to see the results of working towards goals and helps them envision a different future. These services include case management services, family and educational support, career exploration, job readiness and life skills workshops, job placement, service learning activities, legal support services, and 12 months of post-program follow-up services.

STRIVE Future Leaders has open enrollment.

Complete the STRIVE Future Leaders inquiry form.


Alumni Services

All STRIVE START Program and STRIVE Future Leaders Program 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.

Learn more about the STRIVE Future Leaders and STRIVE Start program. Hear directly from the staff and clients on how the program works.
Ed Powell, MPA
Ed Powell
Executive Director of STRIVE / Vice President of Community Engagement at JRI

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
Kathy Traylor
Office Manager

Kathy Traylor joined STRIVE Boston as an Office Manager in January 2015.  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 serves as a Case Manager for the STRIVE Future Leaders Program, a program for justice involved youth offering access to occupational skills, pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeship opportunities.

Ms. Traylor is a resident of Roxbury, MA.

Taron Tibbs
Taron Tibbs
Senior Trainer

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 enjoys helping people in his community and making a difference." 

Adrienne Mitchell
In 2019, I lost my job in the insurance industry. I knew about STRIVE Boston and decided to check it out. The day that I walked into their location happened to be the first day of orientation for the START program so I decided to enroll. I didn’t realize how valuable the program would be. On the last week of the program, employers visited STRIVE and we had the chance to talk with them about career opportunities. I submitted my resume for a Residential Counselor position at Pelham Academy, which is a school of JRI. I was hired for an Assistant Supervisor position and was recently promoted to Supervisor at PATH! I always wanted to work in the human services field and I really enjoy working with the residents, staff, and administration at Pelham Academy and PATH as we collectively help prepare them to go back out into the world.
Adrienne Mitchell
STRIVE Graduate




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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.