STRIVE DC is excited about our new Employment Specialist, Ms. Chanel Payne. Chanel is a native Washingtonian and graduate of Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. She has over 13 years of experience in business management and marketing. Since her arrival in December, Chanel has already established 25 new business partnerships as potential job placement opportunities for STRIVE DC graduates. In her spare time, she volunteers with youth groups, conducts trainings for the Summer Youth Employment Program and plans fundraisers for community organizations working with children.

In joining STRIVE DC, Chanel states that she has found a place where all her work experience and community efforts can cumulate to benefit those with limited opportunities. She too envisions a world where everyone can achieve economic self-sufficiency.