Living in neighborhoods riddled with crime, violence, prostitution, broken families, and poverty, kids are at high-risk for remaining in the cycle of poverty, with no hope for the future or a way out.
Strive addresses the pervasive issues of poverty that affect youth in the Watts community of South Los Angeles by providing an academy-par learning environment. Strive has built a strong academic after-school program undergirded by values of self-reliance, responsibility, and stewardship. The Watts neighborhood has been the center of crime and turmoil in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years. Poverty, broken homes, severe unemployment, poorly performing schools, and gang and drug influences plague the community and place youth at extremely high risk. Strive provides a safe haven in the midst of chaos. In an academy-quality “mini-campus,” Strive offers academic support for grades K-12 in a structured classroom environment. More than just academics, Strive focuses on instilling the values of self-reliance and responsibility, encouraging children to regard themselves as responsible stewards of their behavior, talents, and resources.
Jim Tetreau was witnessing the grievous problems facing those in poverty when he decided to leave the luxury hotel business and serve inner-city children. Upon learning of the severe needs and difficult obstacles facing the kids of the Watts community, Jim founded Strive in 1990 to help break the cycle of poverty and provide a respite for youth at risk. In the 26 years since its founding, Strive has been able to expand both its property and programming to reach hundreds of kids each year. While Strive prioritizes a strong academic foundation, they address behavioral and character issues first that often underlie academic struggles. Ultimately, their goal is to help families raise educated, independent, well-mannered young ladies and gentlemen who have internalized high personal standards along with valuable skills to propel them to success.
Strive is a 2016 S+ Catalyst. Through participation in the Catalyst Program, Strive receives training from industry experts in organizational development, branding, measurement and growth, and strategic relationships to amplify their impact and strategically expand their reach.