Our Purpose

The ultimate purpose of STRIVE is to improve the academic, behavior and social skills of Pottstown youth.

Our Mission

STRIVE Initiative’s mission is to cultivate positive perceptions and provide diverse and relatable mentorship helping Pottstown youth realize their academic and individual aspirations.

Our Vision

Through STRIVE’s mission we envision students that develop into independent, driven and respected adults prepared to take control of their destiny.

Through STRIVE programs, students will be better prepared for success by developing a good work ethic, making good life choices, and having a sense of confidence and passion for their future.

Who We Are

STRIVE was founded by Pottstown High School graduates David Charles and Anthony Lyon to help Pottstown’s young people achieve their dreams with the support of caring adults, in addition to their parents and teachers. STRIVE is guided by a diverse and inclusive Board of Directors, while our Created For Greatness mentoring program is carried out by engaged citizen volunteers, supportive public school teachers and administrators, and the middle school students who are stepping out of their comfort zones to create the futures they envision for themselves.

How We Work

At STRIVE we seek grassroots engagement and solutions. Many of the challenges experienced in Pottstown can be traced back to citizens’ lack of community connection. In Spring 2019, STRIVE hosted a series of community-wide meetings where residents expressed the lack of connection as a contributing factor to challenges faced in our community and in our schools.

The ill-effects of disconnection are evident in the deterioration of neighborhoods, increased crime rates, increased family dysfunction, the lack of living-wage jobs, limitations to the social determinants of health, and most profoundly in the struggles of youth in our schools.

Fortunately, we have the power to turn this around. Research indicates that a positive relationship with another person can reverse the negative impacts of disconnection.

What We Believe

By getting to know our neighbors and by mentoring our young people on their educational journey, WE have the power to change the dynamics of OUR town. We believe that each person has the power to make a difference in our community—and we strive one day at a time, one person at a time, to mentor one another to become a more connected Pottstown!

Our Board

  • David Charles

    Co-Founder / CEO

  • Holly Mackewicz

    Board Chair

  • Dimitri Smith

    Board Treasurer

  • Anna Johnson

    Board Member

  • Tamara Charles

    Board Member

S.T.R.I.V.E. We Need Your Support!

There are many ways that YOU can help make Pottstown a more connected community:

  • Be a mentor to a young person
  • Make a donation to support STRIVE’s work
  • Volunteer to connect with our community in new ways