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Justice Resource Institute, Inc.
  • 160 Gould Street, Suite 300, Needham, MA 02494
  • 781-559-4900
  • Job Retention
STRIVE Boston – START Program
Program activities:

Job Search Training activities provided within the STRIVE START (Success Through Attitudinal and Readiness Training) Workshop include 30 hours of live instruction and a minimum of 5 hours of Case Management over 5 weeks. Topics covered include:
1. Workplace Etiquette: punctuality, time management, positive mental attitude, professional communications skills, professional dress, accepting and applying constructive feedback, managing professional relationships, and teamwork.
2. Job Search Skills: understanding the hiring process and which employer skills meet industry needs, navigating job search websites, completing job applications, completing a resume, participating in mock interviews and practicing interview etiquette such as making a good first impression, how to dress and as indicated answer questions regarding past mistakes, gaps in employment, or criminal records, and following up after an interview.
3. Financial Literacy Education: STRIVE partners with the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Center to bring financial literacy education during the workshop. Topics covered include financial goal setting, money management, banking, basic budgeting, managing and repairing credit, saving for financial goals, and the use of insurance.
4. Within the Case Management component, each STRIVE participant completes an extensive intake interview providing their Case Manager with information pertaining to their personal and employment history, they complete educational assessments, and they develop an Individualized Support Service (“ISS”) plan that outlines measurable goals. Participants meet with their Case Manager throughout the 5-week program to track their progress with goals and to receive support with referrals to services that address educational, housing, social, and mental/medical health needs. In addition to making targeted referrals, the Case Manager may also coordinate with collaterals to monitor a participant’s follow-up on the referrals and services put in place as indicated.
We will loan laptops to SNAP participates as needed for their job-search, education, and training activities. Additional participant supports may include assistance with covering costs for childcare, transportation, tests/fees, books/supplies, clothes/uniforms.

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Adults (18+); low income/resourced; SNAP eligible; unemployed

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 20
Total hours: 7
Program duration: 5 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 6
Program start dates: October 2023; December 2023; February 2024; April 2024; June 2024; August 2024
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
10:00am-11:15amSTART Workshop
variesCase management
Other Schedule Information: Closed on agency holidays as designated by JRI; cycle dates may shifts due to staff paid time off schedules
Is the program offered remotely? Hybrid
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

Additional information about location:

This program is offered remotely at this time. In-person services to individual clients as needed for mock interviews, resume help, and completing applications for employment. This location is accessible via public transportation.

Other requirements: documentation of legal residency/citizenship;
Anticipated outcomes: STRIVE START Certificate of Completion
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
Child Care
Test/License Fees
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Not applicable

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Edward Powell
Telephone: 617-825-1800
ABAWD Qualifying? No