You see that's why you need to travel beyond your so called "Block". I’ve been living in NYC damn near my whole life and I’ve never heard of a program called "STRIVE" in Harlem.  WHAT in Harlem? Nah. Right near my old neighborhood ...never heard of it, until I met Roy Castro a STRIVE graduate. 

STRIVE is an organization that was formed back in 1984 by a group of people that wanted to take Job Training to another level. Since 2016 there's been a 70% Job placement, that's what up. I wish I knew about this program back when I was growing up. 

Strive Graduates

Strive Graduates

If you live in the NY metro area check out strive. If you know someone that’s looking for a second chance to make their life and families lives better, tell them about Strive.


I had a chance to visit the Strive center in Harlem a few months ago and they are all about their business. So, if you're not about your business don't waste your time wasting their time. Strive just opened a new facility located at 205 East 122nd Street in East Harlem, New York. Information on STRIVE programs can be found at

Roy Castro and Strive CEO Philip Weinberg

Roy Castro and Strive CEO Philip Weinberg

Roy is a graduate of Strive, this Bronx native was told about Strive through one of his childhood friends mom. She encouraged him to attend a class and like the saying goes  "the rest is history"

STRIVE  appointmented Roy Castro, CEO of DM Ice Cream Corp., to its Board of Directors, now that's some Big Baller thing right there! Congrats Roy.  Don't let your past dictate your future. If you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything. Check out his story and stop making excuses!

In closing we all have the same struggles, it's the choices we make. Believe you can and watch what you can achieve. We all need a helping hand and STRIVE can be that hand that can take you where you want to be in life. I suggest you look them up and attend a class. Did I mention they’re in over 20 cities across the country? So, you don't need to live in Harlem to get the help. Strive for greatness and Lead by Example. The choice is Yours. 

By Danny Reyes

Photo/Video by STRIVE