Second Chance- STRIVE Program

the program

STRIVE Forward Juvenile Justice Initiative is funded by the Department of Labor (DOL). 

STRIVE Forward Juvenile Justice Initiative is funded by the Department of Labor (DOL). 

STRIVE Forward Juvenile Justice Initiative focuses on supporting and addressing the educational and employment barriers faced by court-involved youth while helping them attain life skills and in-demand occupational and employment skills needed to obtain livable wage jobs.

Core Program components include:

  • Workforce activities
  • Positive youth development groups
  • Career mentoring
  • Service learning projects
  • Occupational skills training leading to industry recognized credentials
  • Internship and job placement
  • Case management
  • Expungement and diversion services

benefits of the program

The program begins with a three-week Future Leaders workshop and meets three days per week for four hours each day. Participants then move into the Occupational Skill Training portion of the initiative. Certificates include: CPR; First Aid; OSHA 10; Microsoft 10; and Home Builders Institute (HBI) Pact Certification.

Career mentors assist with service learning projects, resume writing, interview training, job shadowing, and/or internship and job placement. Some of the fields for service learning projects include: building trades; healthcare; information technology; and office administration.

For orientation dates, potential participants should contact Gina Dauzat at (619) 839-0948. 


  • Between the ages of 14-24 years on the date of enrollment.
  • Currently involved in, or have been involved with, the Juvenile Justice System, including alternatives to incarceration programs such as a juvenile diversion program.
  • Never been convicted as an adult under federal, state or local/municipal law.
  • Currently reside in Southeast or City Heights communities (determined by census tracking). 

how to help

  • Apply to be a mentor.
  • Provide internships, job opportunities, job leads in building trades, healthcare, information technology or office administration.
  • Underwrite celebration activities and/or incentives. Celebration activities range from a group party, to an individual congratulatory lunch or gift card. (These activities are not covered under current funding.)
  • If you are an individual or company interested in mentoring, providing internships, job leads or job opportunities, contact Gina Dauzat at  (619) 839-0948.
  • To make a monetary donation, click "Donate Today" below.