Over the past five years, Strive has helped boost eighth-grade math scores in Cincinnati by 15 percent and increased college enrollment by 10 percent. Its success spurred many regions across the country to adapt the concept, including several areas in New York State, with the assistance of SUNY.
Garry Douglas said a key step is developing an appetite for education as a transformational power in life early on. The president of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce thinks that appetite is lacking in many families.
“The clearest way to increase appetite is to have good jobs.”
Paul Grasso, executive director of the North Country Workforce Investment Board, stressed closing the achievement gap.
“We need to engage people sooner in the education process,” he said. “We need to instill in them the importance of education. We find with the young people we deal with that education has no value, so we need to instill in them the values they need to have at a younger age.”