Social Impact - Addressing Poverty
“There is no social program in this country that is as important as a good job that pays well, that gives someone an opportunity to go to work, have some security, have benefits, and take care of their family and have a good life. “ SOCIAL IMPACT
At the Stride Center we know that to achieve our mission, our social impact must be a lasting one. We empower our students with credentials, skills, behaviors, perspectives, professional networks and confidence which will have a lasting impact not only on them but their families, their friends and their communities.
Senator Byron Dorgan.
The ripple effect of a single person moving from a menial job to earning industry-recognized certifications in IT, and successfully building a professional career based on that training, is almost incalculable.
Nearly 60 percent of graduates of The Stride Center's core A+ program find jobs upon graduation. 74% A+ graduates who go on to earn one or more advanced certification find jobs and for those graduates who also gain work experience through our social venture internship position, they are 87% likely to find work. Our graduates start out earning an average of $16 per hour in entry-level positions and advance to earning $20-40 per hour, changing their lives and leading by example.
Families are seeing their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers achieving something they never thought possible. Children are learning what it means to have a career, and the importance of education in making that happen. The entire trajectory of families and communities are being changed. Students also begin giving back to their communities even as they study, volunteering 20 hours of community time for every class they take.
An investment in The Stride Center also has a return benefit for the larger community: employable IT professionals, competitive talent pool, financial dividends, active community participants, scalable social venture model, highly specialized training product with direct results.
"When a student comes to The Stride Center and does well, it's like planting a sapling tree in a blighted place. Our program provides water and sunshine, and they get jobs and they take root. Around that tree grows flowers and more trees, and pretty soon you have an oasis in a former wasteland. If you can get a few oases going, eventually, these communities are going to lift up." Barrie Hathaway, Executive Director