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Students Taking Responsibility In Valuing Education

If They're Not In School, Where Are They?



STRIVE is VOTCDC's flagship program. STRIVE is an acronym for Students Taking Responsibility In Valuing Education.


STRIVE's mission is to "Maximize the well being of children and families in Hampton Roads through the development and coordination of a comprehensive continuum of family-focused programs and services."


STRIVE is an out-of-school suspension/prevention program designed to promote positive self-esteem and character traits, promote regular school attendance, and improve proficiency on state academic assessments as established by No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Services provided to STRIVE participants include: remediation in the core academic subjects of reading, history, science, language arts, and mathematics; individual and group pro-social life skills training; access to technology; opportunities for civic engagement; and field trips and enrichment opportunities.

STRIVE youth spend 1-10 days in the program, during regular school days and times (Monday through Friday, 7:20 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.), depending on the length of their suspension, before returning to their traditional school setting.

STRIVE, in partnership with Portsmouth Public Schools, provided services to more than 350 middle and high school students who were suspended from school.

Referral Process

Students who receive short-term suspensions (1 to 10 days) may be eligible to enroll in the STRIVE program. Enrollment packets must be completed by the parents or guardians.

Parents, guardians or school personnel are encouraged to call STRIVE's office at 757-484-8794 to arrange an orientation.

Parenting and Family Growth and Learning Programs

Through its Parents as Models (PAM) STRIVE seeks to engage parents in their child's academic achievements. The goal of the program is to work with parents to provide them with tools that will equip them to be better parents, and to engage parents in their children's lives in an effort to improve and positively impact their academic, social and mental state.

In an informal and non-threatening setting, parents work with counselors to discover and come to terms with strategies that will help them parent and guide their children to academic success. They work to identify barriers, develop individual reward and consequence strategies, and learn effective tools to help them encourage positive academic outcomes for their children.

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