STRIVE (Strengthening Tomorrow Requires Initiative & Vision Everyday) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to unify and strengthen our communities by facilitating and fostering connections that equip and empower stakeholders, especially our youth to make positive, personal, professional and societal impact.
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!
Co-Founder & Executive Director
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