“Once a STRIVE DC member; always a STRIVE DC member.” STRIVE DC is more than a program; it’s a family. The STRIVE DC Family mostly live in the impoverished neighborhoods in D.C. Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8, although services are available to all people in need (typically ages 17 and older). Ninety-five percent of our family members have incomes at or below the federal poverty line; 65% of the STRIVE DC family are male and 35% are female. 15% have had more than one family member served by our programs and 1/5 of our population have been diagnosed with a one or more disabilities.

STRIVE DC is a committed to serving DC’s hardest to serve residents. Through our innovative workforce development model, we not only focus on helping our family members gain employment, we help them build a life.

Meet one of the family:

 yulaYula Williams

Yula came to STRIVE is search of employment but quickly realized she needed something else. After taking STRIVE DC’s CASAS test, she knew education is where she needed to focus.  Yula enrolled in STRIVE DC’s partner agency “Academy of Hope”(AOH) where she began her long literacy journey.  With the support of STRIVE DC case managers and a team of educators at AOH, YULA is preparing to take her GED.