Background — Strive

Strive is a non-profit organization dedicated to character-driven leadership development. Strive offers a research-based, customizable curriculum that begins with self-knowledge, moves into culture creation, and ultimately instills the habit of rigorous leadership practice in its program participants. At Strive, we believe that "how you lead matters". We partner with young people and adults across the United States — in schools, community organizations, and athletic departments — to develop character-driven leadership skills and build unique, and intentionally positive culture.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Strive is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals to apply regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy status (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, and/or any other characteristics unrelated to merit.

If you feel energized by what you read here, but aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! We believe diverse backgrounds lead to innovative thinking, making our programs better for the students and educators we serve. Above all, we’re looking for the right person to grow with us!


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

How we define Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Strive


The understanding that each individual is different; the recognition of our differences as it relates to the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.


The presence of structural factors that benefit all individuals, groups, and communities; an intentional effort to transform the status quo by providing opportunity and resources for those who have historically not had access.


A state of belonging and connection; the act of including and supporting people who have historically been marginalized or excluded.

How You Lead Matters

Strive’s mission is to spread the power of character-driven leadership. We know that effective and successful leaders are self-aware and bring their full identities and values to any situation. Through social emotional learning and character development, we believe that anyone can become a character-driven leader, and that when everyone brings their differences and individuality to the table, we are all more motivated, innovative, and collaborative.

Strive is committed to ensuring that individuals from all backgrounds have the opportunity to become character-driven leaders through our intentionally designed social-emotional learning curricula and programs. 

We are equally committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for our employees.

Click here to view Strive’s full Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.


Summer Programming Intern Position

The Program Facilitator plays an integral role in furthering the growth of Strive through developing new and supporting existing client relationships. Their key responsibility is to design, execute and manage an outreach strategic plan and key implementations. Embracing and demonstrating the organization’s Core Values is key to our work culture.


Roles & Responsibilities:

Outreach/Customer Relations

  • Cultivate and strengthen client relationships through consistent contact and timely follow through
  • Cultivate new customer relationships: schools, community organizations, local athletic leagues, etc.
  • Source leads and build contact lists


  • Co-design program implementation plan with Director of Programming in support of reaching annual business development goals
  • Facilitate workshops, events, programming, etc.
  • Strengthen client relationships through implementation

Program Design & Curriculum Development

  • Collaborate with Program Evaluation Manager to ensure necessary feedback and evaluation tools are implemented
  • Assist in curriculum development and program design

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • Experience in teaching, coaching and/or program management 
  • Demonstrated effective and collaborative interpersonal and professional relationship-building skills
  • Demonstrated autonomy and organization
  • Ability to multi-task and take initiative 
  • Self-motivated team player with the ability to meet deadlines, remain flexible, and adjust to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment 
  • An enthusiastic leader with a zest for learning and a strong commitment to positively impacting others
  • Excellent facilitation and presentation skills; ability to conduct engaging presentations in person and remotely and with both small and large groups
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Platform (Docs, Sheets, Gmail), Eventbrite, Crowdrise
  • Experience with HubSpot, Salesforce and Adobe creative suite a plus
  • Ability to expand business with existing clients
  • Strong passion for exceeding client expectations
  • Please be prepared to use your personal laptop

Location & Schedule

Strive is currently operating utilizing a hybrid model, partially in office (Wilmington, DE) and partially work-from-home. This individual will be expected to spend time in the office during the first half of the internship. This internship will begin in June and conclude the second week of August for a total of 9 weeks. It will be based on a 10-hour a week schedule. The potential programming will be in the mornings from July-August in Dover, DE.


Our Core Values & Principles

Strive upholds the following core values, and expects all employees to do the same.

Respect We Strive:
  • to know thyself by focusing on self-care, self-awareness, and personal growth
  • to be fair and honest in the ways in which we communicate and inclusively interact
  • to appreciate our space (sport, school, community organization) and the learning opportunity that it provides
  • to find the best in ourselves so we can inspire the best in those around us

Understand We Strive:

  • to actively listen to others, verbally and non-verbally
  • to embrace differences by bringing empathy and curiosity to dialogue
  • to brush it off & grow by celebrating/welcoming failure 
  • to create an equitable experience in every facet of our organization

Connect We Strive:

  • to appreciate and celebrate our self and one another
  • to fill tanks by consistently checking in on our self and one another
  • to ask and receive feedback in a productive manner
  • to choose laughter and take ourselves lightly so that others can do the same

Transform We Strive:

  • to take the time to reflect on our decisions and actions
  • to practice mindfulness and gratitude
  • to focus on SMARTER goals
  • to stick with it, to practice grit

How to Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to Belle Koclanes, President, by May 20th.


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